Chrysanthemum is such a relatable story for so many young readers! I remember being picked on when I was a child because my name was unusual. This book reminds children that although they are different, they should not be ashamed. Sweet Chrysanthemum perseveres, even when she faces a bully at school. This text would be great to use at the beginning of the school year, just as a reminder that being kind to classmates is the way to go. Because their is already a math activity included in the story, it would be easy to extend it into the classroom. Students can count the letters in their own names, just like they do in the story! Students can chart the results and compare their findings. The activity can be differentiated for advanced students and early finishers by allowing them to do the same with their last names.
Guided Reading - L
Lexile - 460L