Chrysanthemum is about a young mouse named Chrysanthemum. Now, Chrysanthemum had always liked her name, she was proud of it. That is, until she went to kindergarten and her classmates made her think it was a silly name. Poor Chrysanthemum' s spirit was crushed, even her parents could not soothe her. Thankfully, Chrysanthemum encountered a teacher who was also named after a flower and who was very proud of it. Because of her, Chrysanthemum learned to love her name again and her joyful spirit bloomed again. This sweet book teaches students to be proud of who they are and what they love. It teaches that it doesn't matter what others think, you have to stay confident in yourself.
Use in the classroom: I would have students get into groups and create a movie poster for Chrysanthemum. They will have to come up with a movie title, an illustration, and three words to describe the movie. I did this in my education class and I loved it! I know, my students will as well.
Target grade: 1st or 2nd