Our Favorite Picture Books: Chrysanthemum

by Kevin Henkes




This picture book is adorable, and while you might think it sounds and looks girly, I have to say that my almost 4yo little boy *loves* it!  Lilah likes it a lot, too, and it is worth reading it if only for the chance to hear your little one take a stab at saying “Chrysanthemum.”  Just darling!


The book itself is about a little mouse named Chrysanthemum who absolutely LOVES her name…until she starts school that is.  At school, the other little mouse girls start teasing her about her name–it’s so long, it hardly fits on her name tag, she’s named after a flower…  Poor Chrysanthemum goes through several days of teasing and begins to think her name is absolutely dreadful.  It’s not until they meet Mrs. Twinkle, the music teacher, that things start to turn around for Chrysanthemum.  Check it out for yourself to see how it ends!


L&L’s favorite page in the book is the one that lists the entire class of mice.  I always have to read all their names!  It’s the one below on the right.

This is a great book to read just for reading’s sake, but also good for teaching kids about teasing, and how teasing can make people feel.  


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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

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