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Chrysanthemum

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Book:  Chrysanthemum - Author:  Kevin Henkes  Ages 4-8 

A great book to prepare children for their first day of school, learn to write their very special name.  This book also celebrates the contributions of an important community helper:  the teacher. 

Chrysanthemum is a cute mouse with a very beautiful name.  Chrysanthemum is the name of a flower.  She is happy to go to Kindergarten.  Her name has  13 letters!  That is half of the letters in the alphabet, one of her classmates points out!  That is just one of the many jokes that hurts her feelings on her first days at school.  Her loving parents reassure her again and again that her name is beautiful.  The unforgettable music teacher's wise, cheery and soothing remarks to the classroom makes a world of difference to Chrysanthemum.  The mice children learn a valuable lesson and Chrysanthemum's confidence is restored!   

Ideas and activities:
Themes > All About Me ThemeMy Name is Special.
  • These activities help children learn to write their name and also to appreciate that all names are very special.
  • After reading and discussing the book, the children can assemble a printable mouse craft or decorate and cut-out a mouse coloring page image to make a puppet.  Children will give their mouse a special name.  Write the special name on the back of the craft or coloring page puppet.
  • Chrysanthemum is the name of a beautiful flower. It is the birthday flower for the month of November.  View real images and information about this flower. Print this coloring page and practice tracing November.  Idea:  Discover your children's special birthday flower and practice learning the months of the year.

Themes > Community Helpers > Teacher Activities
Chrysanthemum has a very inspiring teacher.  Celebrate the contributions of the teacher to the community with related activities.

Other Kevin Henkes mouse favorites:  Owen, Chester's Way (Friendship)

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