Citation: Henkes, K. (1991). Chrysanthemum. New York: Greenwillow Books.
Annotation: In this book there is a little mouse girl who has a beautiful name that she originally loves, chrysanthemum. However once she starts school she begins to get bullied because of her unique name and starts to not like her name anymore. In the end she learns to love her name again.
Grade level: K- 3rd grade
Readers who would like this book: This would be a good book to teach children about bullying. Children will also like this book if they enjoy reading books with animals in them.
Rating and Response: I would give this book a 10. I personally love this book and will for sure share it with my class once I begin teaching.
Text Dependent Question: What is the name of Chrysanthemum’s teacher and why is her name an important part of the story?
Reading Strategy: Sketch to Sketch
In this reading strategy students are asked to work in small groups and draw a picture about what this book means to them. The children will share with each other what the book means to them and this will provide the children with a new understanding of the book. I choose to do this strategy with the book Chrysanthemum because I think that children will be able to relate and find meaning in this book very easily.