Kevin Henkes has great compassion for the victims of childhood teasing and cruelties--using fresh language, endearing pen-and-ink mouse characters, and realistic dialogue to portray real-life vulnerability. He also has great compassion for parents, offering several adult-humor jokes for anxious mommies and daddies. On the surface, the finale is overly tidy and the coincidences unbelievable. But in the end, what sustains Chrysanthemum, as well as this story, is the steadfast love and support of her family. And because of this, the closure is ultimately convincing and utterly comforting. ALA Notable Book, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Horn Book Fanfare Honor List. (Ages 4 to 8) --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book is adorable, we love it. we read it every night before bed.Published 7 months ago by earth4me
This is a lovely story and the bullying aspect is so relevant right now. It resonates with every child. Great story to teach how comments can really affect someone.Published 10 months ago by Colleen Murphy
I read this book one or twice to children I was substituting's child care centre for last summer, and I thought it was so sweet that I wondered how much it was to buy it. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2010 by Mandy Ardelli
If you're looking for a cute, whimsical picture book to launch into a discussion with your child about respecting differences, this one has a major flaw. Read morePublished on March 24 2004
This book is beautifully written! Keven Henkes tells a great story about appreciating our differences as individuals. I would highly recommend this book!Published on Oct. 15 2003 by "amills48"
Do you like flowers? Well Chrysanthemum is a little girl who is named after a flower. She loved her name until she went to school.Chrysanthemum is the main character. Read morePublished on May 20 2003
I absolutely love this book. The characters are wonderful and realistic. Kevin Henkes understands the way kids think and feel!! It's a great story with a wonderful lesson. Read morePublished on April 17 2003