by Kevin Henkes


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    • Grades: PreK - 2
    • Ages: 4 - 7
    Caldecott Artist ; Newbery Author
    • Format: Paperback Book
Short Summary
In this sweet story, a wise teacher helps a little mouse overcome teasing and regain her self-esteem.

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Chrysanthemum loves the sound of her name. She loves hearing her parents pronounce it, she loves seeing it written on envelopes, and she loves how it looks spelled out in icing on her birthday cake.

But when she starts school, some of the other kids don't think her name is so perfect. In fact, they think it's positively strange. It's not until she meets Mrs. Twinkle—who also has a long first name—that Chrysanthemum realizes how perfect her name really is.

Discover this absolutely adorable story that will resonate with anyone who's ever felt different.
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    • Grades: PreK - 2
    • Ages: 4 - 7
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 7 7/8" x 9 7/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-590-13565-8

About the Author

Award-winning author Kevin Henkes arrived at University of Wisconsin in the late 1970s already deeply interested in children's books. The summer after his freshman year, he traveled to New York to meet with editors and was awarded his first book contract on the spot. Over the next few decades, Henkes produced some of children's literature's most memorable characters (most of them mice) in picture books like A Weekend with Wendell, Chrysanthemum, and Lilly's Plastic Purse.

Henkes is the winner of two Caldecott Honors (for Owen and Waiting), a Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon, and Newbery Honors for each of his novels, Olive's Ocean and The Year of Billy Miller. Known for the deep empathy he shows for his animal characters as they face the small daily challenges of growing up, Henkes is able to handle older themes like tragedy and loss as well, making him one of the most versatile children's book authors writing today.