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Chrysanthemum- Kevin Henkes

Title: Chrysanthemum

Author: Kevin Henkes

Illustrator: Kevin Henkes

Genre: Children’s Book, Picture Book

Plot: It’s Chrysanthemum’s first day of school. She’s grown up loving her name. But the other kids laugh and make fun of her when they hear her name. Chrysanthemum returns home dejected. She no longer loves her name. But something happens when they go to music class. Will her classmates stop teasing her? Will Chrysalis learn to love her name again?

Rating: 4.5 – a cute book with a good lesson

Opinion: This was one of my favorite books growing up. I’d forgotten about it until I took a children’s literature class in college. It’s super cute. It also has a great message in it about bullying. It’s also a good book to talk about celebrating uniqueness and about being yourself. I haven’t gotten a chance to read it with the kids at work yet. I’m sure they’d love the idea of flower names. It’s another great classroom book. I hope it stays around for a long time.

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