Chrysanthemum

by Kevin Henkes

On Sale: 09/16/1991

Chrysanthemum

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Chrysanthemum

by Kevin Henkes

illustrated by Kevin Henkes

On Sale: 09/16/1991

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Horn Book Fanfare

ALA Notable Children’s Book

About the Book

Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round. 

Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic PurseOwen, and Kitten's First Full MoonChrysanthemum is a don't-miss classic, especially for back to school.

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

This is an ideal break-the-ice book for the first week of school. It get children thinking about and bonding with their own names and the names of everyone else in the class, and it's the perfect vehicle for starting a discussion about treating classmates with tolerance, kindness, and compassion.

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Critical Praise

“Henkes’s language and humor are impeccably fresh, his cozy illustrations sensitive and funny, his little asides to adults an unobtrusive delight. . . . Another winner from this perceptive artist.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This sensitive story will strike a chord with young children.” - School Library Journal (starred review)

“Perfectly executed in words and illustration, Chrysanthemum exemplifies Henkes’s talent for creating true picture stories for young audiences.” - The Horn Book (starred review)

“Nicely structured, wittily told, and universal in its appeal.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780688096991
  • ISBN 10: 0688096999
  • Imprint: Greenwillow Books
  • On Sale: 09/16/1991
  • Pages: 32
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying

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