Saturday, June 30, 2012
Chrysanthemum By: Kevin Henkes
When this little mouse was born she was named Chrysanthemum by her parents because it was absolutely perfect just like her. As she grew she learned a lot and loved her name...until she started school that is. All the other mice had common names and they giggled at hers. They teased it was too long, and she was named after a flower! Chrysanthemum wilted and when she got home her parents comforted her and assured her that it was still a beautiful name and made her feel better time after time.
This book will give parents an opportunity to talk with your kids about the importance of knowing who you are and sticking to what you know is right in your heart. All kids at one point will be picked on but it shows how one persons courage to stick up for someone who needs it can make a very big difference. It doesn't have to be a teacher it can be a courageous friend who stands up for you but what is important is to teach our children the power that lies within. It also is a great chance to talk with kids to show them that all children are different in someway but all parents think that our little ones are "absolutely perfect!"