Thursday, May 23, 2013


Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum is the name of a little girl who thinks she has a great and special name until she goes to school and gets teased. Not only can I relate to having an uncommon name, but I also have red-hair which is a double-whammy in childhood social situations.

Her peers tease her day after day until one day an admired teacher compliments her in front of everyone and also happens to be named after a flower--Delphinium. Then other children want to be named after flowers too.

“Chrysanthemum grew and grew and grew. And when she was old enough to appreciate it, Chrysanthemum loved her name. She loved the way it sounded when her mother woke her up. She loved the way it sounded when her father called her for dinner. And she loved the way it sounded when she whispered it to herself in the bathroom mirror…

Chrysanthemum thought her name was absolutely perfect. And then she started school.”

This can be a really great tool for children in so many scenarios relating to individuality, acceptance, peer-pressure, and on and on. If you know your child may be struggling with something, and you do not know how to get him or her to talk to you, this could be a great conversation-starter.

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