|July 2012 Book Club Selection
In contracted braille
Ages 4 and up
A "perennial" classic!
She was a perfect baby, and she had a perfect name: Chrysanthemum. When she was old enough to appreciate it, Chrysanthemum loved her name. And then she started school...
"I'm named after my grandmother," says Victoria. "You're named after a flower." Chrysanthemum wilts. Victoria starts a mean-spirited game of tormenting Chrysanthemum, sending her home in tears to be comforted with cuddles and Parcheesi. Then the students are introduced to their music teacher, Mrs. Twinkle. Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle. And suddenly, Chrysanthemum blossoms....
"Kevin Henkes has great compassion for the victims of childhood teasing and cruelties - using fresh language, and realistic dialogue to portray real-life vulnerability. He also has great compassion for parents, offering several adult-humor jokes for anxious mommies and daddies... Utterly comforting."
- Amazon.com review
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