Bibliographic Information: Henkes, K. (1991). Chrysanthemum. New York: Mulberry.

Brief Annotation: Chrysanthemum loves her name. But when she goes to school, everyone makes fun of her – until a new teacher comes along.

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Children on the first day of school; children who like stories with animals as the main character; children who have been teased

Rating/Response: 4 This charming book shows how heart-breaking teasing and bullying can be, and it never fails to get students’ interest.  I love how well Henkes captures the excitement and fears of starting school.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever been teased? How did it make you feel?

Reading Strategy: First Days

Rationale for Strategy: This book would make a great first day read aloud to K-2 students as it deals with being teased and setting up a safe and fun-learning classroom environment.

Posted by: Emily Hoeschen