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Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

(1991)
A Picture Book by

 
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

June 1998 : USA Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-7882-0675-3 / 978-0-7882-0675-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Weston Woods
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1998 : UK Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-340-72793-4 / 978-0-340-72793-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
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October 1996 : USA Library Binding
Title: Chrysanthemum (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-613-00459-0 / 978-0-613-00459-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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September 1996 : USA Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-7807-6259-2 / 978-0-7807-6259-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 1996 : USA Turtleback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-606-09148-3 / 978-0-606-09148-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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July 1993 : USA Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum (Viking Kestrel Picture Books)
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-670-84320-2 / 978-0-670-84320-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Children's Books
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September 1991 : USA Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-688-09699-9 / 978-0-688-09699-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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September 1991 : USA Library Binding
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-688-09700-6 / 978-0-688-09700-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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9999 : USA Hardback
Title: Chrysanthemum (special Edition)
Author(s):
ISBN: 0-06-171294-9 / 978-0-06-171294-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Paperback Editions

December 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-688-14732-1 / 978-0-688-14732-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulberry Books
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October 2007 : USA Paperback
Title: Chrysanthemum Big Book
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-06-111974-1 / 978-0-06-111974-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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July 1998 : UK Paperback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-340-72794-2 / 978-0-340-72794-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
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1992 : USA Paperback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-440-84812-1 / 978-0-440-84812-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Unknown
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1991 : USA Paperback
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0-590-13565-1 / 978-0-590-13565-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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Audio Editions

March 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
Publisher: Weston Woods
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

January 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Chrysanthemum
Author(s): Kevin Henkes
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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