Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

 Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, is a great picture book for elementary school.  The main character is  a young mouse named Chrysanthemum.  Her parents wanted her name to reflect her beauty and perfection they see through her, so they named her after a beautiful flower. Later on in the book, Chrysanthemum gets teased by having such a long and uncommon name by her classmates and no longer views her name as beautiful. Towards the end of the book, her parents console her and tell her she is absolutely  beautiful and unique, then she starts to believe in her name again and does not feel ashamed anymore.

I would teach this book in kindergarten through second grade. This would be a great book to teach students about accepting others and accepting yourself for who you are.

 

Lexile Level: 460L