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Chrysanthemum

By Kevin Henkes, Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round.

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

Supports the Common Core State Standards

  • Grade level: 2
  • Interest Level: P-3
  • Guided Reading Level: L

RESOURCES & GUIDES

Kevin Henkes Author Study and Teaching Guide

This teaching guide features discussion questions and activities for seven of Kevin Henkes's titles, including the Newbery Honor winner The Year of Billy Miller, Chrysanthemum, both Lilly books, and all of the Penny books. The guide is aligned with Common Core standards for grade 2 and can be used in grades 1-4, and it covers such themes as Key Ideas and Details, Integration of Knowledge, Conventions of Standard English, Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas, and more. [PDF]

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: Greenwillow Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780688147327
  • ISBN 10: 0688147321
  • ISBN 13: 9780688147327
  • Pages: 32
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / New Experience
  • Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories
  • Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

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COMMON CORE STRANDS

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3,4,4a,4c
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.3,4,4a,5,6
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