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Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

(1991)
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Until Chrysanthemum started kindergarten, she believed her parents when they said her name was perfect. But on the first day of school, Chrysanthemum begins to suspect that her name is far from perfect, especially when her class dissolves into giggles upon hearing her name read aloud. That evening, Chrysanthemum's parents try to piece her self-esteem back together again with comfort food and a night filled "with hugs, kisses, and Parcheesi". But the next day Victoria, a particularly observant and mean-spirited classmate, announces that Chrysanthemum's name takes up 13 letters. "That's half the letters in the alphabet!" she adds. Chrysanthemum wilts. Pretty soon the girls are making playground threats to "pluck" Chrysanthemum and "smell her".

Kevin Henkes displays great compassion for the victims of childhood teasing and cruelties, skilfully employing 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-humour jokes for anxious mummies 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 comforting. ALA Notable Book, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Horn Book Fanfare Honor List. (Ages 4 to 8) --Gail Hudson

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2008 : Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum (special Edition)
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0061712949 / 9780061712944 (USA edition)
Publisher: Greenwillow
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2001 : Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum (Chinese edition) Wo de ming zi Chrysanthemum/wen, tu Kaiwen Hankesi; yi Yang Maoxiu
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 9577622534 / 9789577622532
Publisher: Hsinex International corporation
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October 1996 : Library Binding
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0613004590 / 9780613004596 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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July 1998 : Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0340727934 / 9780340727935 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
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June 1998 : Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0788206753 / 9780788206757 (USA edition)
Publisher: Weston Woods
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September 1996 : Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0780762592 / 9780780762596 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 1993 : Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum (Viking Kestrel Picture Books)
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0670843202 / 9780670843206 (USA, AU, or UK edition)
Publisher: Viking Children's Books
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September 1991 : Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0688096999 / 9780688096991 (USA edition)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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September 1991 : Library Binding
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0688097006 / 9780688097004 (USA edition)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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Paperback Editions

September 1996 : Paperback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0688147321 / 9780688147327 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulberry Books
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September 2007 : Paperback
Title: Chrysanthemum Big Book
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0061119741 / 9780061119743 (USA edition)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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1991 : Paperback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0590135651 / 9780590135658 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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July 1998 : Paperback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0340727942 / 9780340727942 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
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January 1992 : Paperback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0440848121 / 9780440848127 (USA edition)
Publisher: Unknown
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Kindle Editions

January 2020 : Kindle edition
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes

Publisher: Avon
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January 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes

Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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