Chrysanthemum (book)

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Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum (Henkes book).jpg
Paperback cover
Author Kevin Henkes
Language English
Series Mouse Books
Genre Picture book
Publisher Greenwillow Books
Publication date
September 16, 1991
ISBN 0-688-09699-9
Preceded by 'Julius, the Baby of the World'
Followed by 'Owen'

Chrysanthemum is the title of a 1991 children's picture book by the American writer and illustrator Kevin Henkes.[1]

Chrysanthemum was chosen as an ALA Notable Book and the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and it is on the Horn Book Fanfare Honor List.[2] Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."[3] It was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.[4]

Summary[edit]

The plot deals with a young mouse named Chrysanthemum, who loves her long, beautiful name until a girl named Victoria and her friends, Rita and Jo, tease her about it. However, a pregnant music teacher (named Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle) defends her, saying how a lot of people have long names, which makes them envy Chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemum's family comforts her as well. At the end of the story, Mrs. Twinkle gives birth to a girl and decides to name her Chrysanthemum, too.

Adaptions[edit]

In 1998 Weston Woods developed an animated story based on the book's illustrations, which was narrated by Meryl Streep. In 2002 it was produced by Newvideo and Scholastic and bundled with 5 other animated stories on a "Scholastic Storybook Treasures" DVD.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Handy, Bruce (May 13, 2007). "Getting Better All the Time". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/h/kevin-henkes/chrysanthemum.htm
  3. ^ National Education Association (2007). "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ Bird, Elizabeth (July 6, 2012). "Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results". School Library Journal "A Fuse #8 Production" blog. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ Scholastic Inc. (2002). "Scholastic Storybook Treasures Chrysanthemum and More Mouse Mayhem DVD". Retrieved November 2, 2013.