(EPUB) [Chrysanthemum]

  • Paperback
  • 32
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Kevin Henkes
  • English
  • 20 August 2020
  • 9780688147327

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SUMMARY ê Chrysanthemum SUMMARY Chrysanthemum 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. I really and for all intents and purposes do much love Kevin Henkes Chrysanthemum and on an intensely personal and emotional level at that and firmly believe that it is a story to which especially those of us and really both children and adults who have unusual foreign sounding or simply imaginative first names can easily and readily relate like me for example with a given name like Gundula And first and foremost Chrysanthemum is therefore and even simply a sweet and evocative story about loving about appreciating one s name about loving oneself but also very much and even sadly a tale about bullying and schoolyard classroom harassment and how this is often neither taken seriously enough nor even remotely successfully combatted For just look at Chrysanthemum s first teacher Mrs Chud who annoyingly and really totally in all ways cluelessly does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING USEFUL with regard to Chrysanthemum being relentlessly and loudly ridiculed due to her name except that she says something snarky and sarcastic to Victoria thank you for sharing that with us younger children often do not even get and understand sarcasm and satire and what Victoria sorely needs and reuires is direct criticism from Mrs Chud or some other adult authority figure actual bona fide verbal chastisement and censure lasting conseuences an educational deterrent and lesson so to speak And even Chrysanthemum s own parents although they do tell her their daughter that she is special and that her name is perfect and try to coddle her a bit at home really also do nothing even REMOTELY useful or all that practical about the relentless bullying itself as they neither complain at school nor do they bother with confronting the teacher They simply and naively believe that by telling Chrysanthemum that her name is beautiful everything will be alright but the intimidation and nastiness just keep happening and yes my parents did pretty much the same when certain popular morons at school started calling me Gondola instead of Gundula and made relentless fun of my German accent but I guess it did not much help that one of my teachers also believed it was my own fault that I was being bullied as according to him I was supposedly not trying hard enough to get rid of my accent talk about victim blaming and sadly my parents agreed with the teacher and simply told me to try harder pretty rich considering that they also had a similar if not even a pronounced German accent when speaking English However and that all being said and while it does indeed and I think with some justification bother me how little and especially how few practical measures are taken by Mrs Chud and Chrysanthemum s parents by the majority of the adults in Chrysanthemum to confront both the nastiness and the bullies Victoria and her little gang of robot like acolytes I actually very much do both cheer and heartily applaud Kevin Henkes for not shying away from featuring from presenting this sorry factoid this uncomfortable scenario as in reality it happens far often than any of us would care to think and even desire to consider for while it might indeed make especially parents and caregivers such as teachers potentially uncomfortable it is the truth or rather it is the unavoidable and sadly frustrating reality of bullying and how it is approached that it is often really NOT handled or rather that it is time and again not successfully and intelligently dealt withFor to successfully combat schoolyard intimidation and nastiness one usually and generally will need to actively confront both the bullybullies and their unacceptable behaviours and the only adult character to really ever do this in Chrysanthemum in any positive and thoughtful manner is Mrs Twinkle the popular new music teacher probably because she knows from likely eually painful personal first hand experience what name calling and bullying is like having the name Delphinium And she achieves a positive outcome and end in a manner that not only makes Chrysanthemum feel great and special about herself again but it also makes the erstwhile bullies rather majorly ashamed and finally realise that Chrysanthemum s name is indeed not only unusual but also sweet and pretty however if they have actually learned their lessons on a permanent and lasting basis that will of course remain to be seen as this is left open by Kevin HenkesNow while I do realise that some readers tend to chafe a bit at the ending the epilogue where Chrysanthemum giggles because her erstwhile nemesis Victoria has forgotten her assigned musicale lines on a purely emotional and personal level and after all of the relentless and loathsome teasing she has had to endure I can certainly very well understand Chrysanthemum s reaction her giggling at Victoria And really all she does is giggle a bit not particularly friendly and nice I guess but Chrysanthemum does NOT in any way attempt to nastily and viciously humiliate Victoria in front of the entire class which is precisely what Victoria does with Chrysanthemum and on numerous occasions like when she raises her hand and pontificates to the entire class that Chrysanthemum s name contains thirteen letters And no I am certainly not trying to excuse Chrysanthemum s behaviour as being in any way praiseworthy but I can and do much understand and actually even rather appreciate it on a personal and emotional level and think that Victoria than richly deserves being mildly teased as one reaps what one has sown and a dose of one s own bitter medicine might actually and in fact be a healthy tonic for VictoriaAnd now finally and as much as I appreciate and even oh so much love Kevin Henkes narrative I do not really find his accompanying illustrations eually visually attractive and evocative although I do consider the pictures bright fun and sweetly descriptive and a than decent accompaniment to the presented the featured text For since I cannot actually find anything in the narrative which indicates that Chrysanthemum deals specifically with mice and mouselike behaviour I would most definitely prefer illustrations of and a story about human beings instead of anthropomorphic rodents but that is a small and entirely personal pet peeve as I have actually never liked especially human like mice overly much and especially not as pictorial offerings Four stars for Kevin Henkes Chrysanthemum and highly recommended

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SUMMARY ê Chrysanthemum SUMMARY Chrysanthemum Ol You're named after a flower teases Victoria Let's smell her says Jo Chrysanthemum wilts What will it take to make her blossom againSupports the Common Core State Standards. I absolutely love reading this book with Catherine I love the cadence of Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum over and over I love her outfits I love how she loves her name and is her own personerrr mouse I love how loving her parents are and can we talk about her dad s excellent vocabulary and supportive reading habits I love how the mean girls get their due in the end and want a little share of Chrysanthemum s uniue and magical spirit Maybejust maybe I would like to be Chrysanthemum when I grow up In the mean time if someone finds a dress with seven pockets for my secret treasures couldya help a sister out

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SUMMARY ê Chrysanthemum SUMMARY Chrysanthemum Funny and honest school story about teasing self esteem and acceptance to share all year roundChrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect until her first day of scho. I enjoyed this book and reading the discussion about it I liked the attention to detail in the illustrations For example the books Dad was reading or the chalkboard with words I also smiled at the little mice sleeping some of them with their arms strait up in the air Too funny I got a kick out of the students names listed on the page seeing Kay and Max next to each other I will have to share this book with Kaylee and her cousin Max when they are old enough to read As for the story itself I agree with all points made in the discussion group here on goodreads in the Children s Picture Book Club I do believe the bullying should have been addressed I wasn t too thrilled that Chrysanthemum giggled at Victoria after her mistake That isn t something I want my daughter to think is okayI loved Mrs Twinkle and her interesting dress Not sure I could have rocked that dress when I was pregnant but she sure did