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HarperCollins, 1991 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round.

Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of school. "You're named after a flower!" teases Victoria. "Let's smell her," says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?

This popular picture book has sold more than a million copies and was named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association. "Perfectly executed in words and illustration, Chrysanthemum exemplifies Henkes's talent for creating true picture stories for young audiences."—The Horn Book

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User Review  - Maria.Vasquez - LibraryThing

Chrysanthemum was a little mouse that loved her name until one day other friends started to make fun about it, and she felt it was not a cool name. However, a teacher named Mrs. Delphinium agreed that ... Read full review

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User Review  - MadelynMaxwell - LibraryThing

This story is about a mouse named Chrysanthemum and because of her name she is the subject of bullying by those in her class. During the story she decides that her name is not beautiful and fitting ... Read full review

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About the author (1991)

Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.