Chrysanthemum: Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum

Author/Illustrator: Kevin Henkes
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Year: 1991
Brief Summary: Chrysanthemum used to love her name, but when her classmates start teasing her about it, she’s not so sure any more.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • This could be a beginning-of-the-year book to read.  Talk about bullying/teasing and how that affect kids.  Why do you think Chrysanthemum “wilt”?  What eventually made her feel better?
  • Do you like your name?  Do you know what it means?  Have students research their names or discuss how you got it?  (Named after someone?  Special reason?)
  • Pair with reader theater texts and have kids put on their own play.

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Social studies: social awareness/bullying

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Personal Library

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