Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Books
Series: Mouse Books
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Summary (via Goodreads):
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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?
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Names are important, powerful things. They define us in the most extreme of ways. And sometimes, as Chrysanthemum learns on her first day of school, ones own name can be used to make fun of others. This an every-day school problem some of us may have encountered or seen happen to another. What I think this story aims to teach kids is respect for others, individuality, and self-esteem. I really enjoyed this story. I love reading books by Kevin Henkes. His illustrations are always so pleasant to look at.