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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes


Chrysanthemum ©1991 by Kevin Henkes
Jacket art ©1991 by Kevin Henkes
Cover art used with the permission of HarperCollins

Summary
Chrysanthemum tells the story of a young mouse who gets picked on by her classmates because of her unique name. Chrysanthemum thinks her name is perfect until she starts school. At school, her peers tease her about having such a long name and being named after a flower. The constant taunting from her peers causes Chrysanthemum to dislike her name to the point of wanting to change it. When the children learn that a teacher they admire also has a long first name and is also named after a flower, however, the other children begin to accept Chrysanthemum.
1991, 32 pages, Grades PreK-2, William Morrow & Company

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Extension Activities
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  • In This Issue
  • Using Children's Literature to Increase Empathy and Help Students Cope with Bullying
  • Annotated Bibliography of Children's Fiction on Bullying
  • Statistics and Studies on Bullying
Discussion Guides
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (grades Pre K-1)
  • Say Something by Peggy Moss (grades 2-4)
  • Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog by Graham McNamee (grades 3-5)
  • The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm (grades 6-8)
  • The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake (grades 8 & up)
Extension Activities
  • Social Grouping Game
  • One Person, Many Roles
  • Being an Ally
  • Administer a Bullying Survey
  • Create an Online Forum
  • Sponsor a "Community Read"
  • Shades of Bias
  • Impressions
  • Seeing the World through Different Eyes
  • Using "Anchors" to Remain Grounded
Anti-Bias Study Guide
(Secondary Level)
Echoes and Reflections (Holocaust Curriculum)
A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute Recommended Multicultural and Anti-Bias Books for Children
A CLASSROOM OF DIFFERENCE™ Programs and Resources
The Miller Early Childhood Initiative of A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute
Braun Holocaust Institute
Confronting Anti-Semitism
ADL Online Catalog: Resources for Classroom and Community






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