using Chrysanthemum for speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ and /s/blends
/r/ and /r/blends
/l/ and /l/blends

Themes:

teasing/bullying
self-esteem/acceptance
back to school
kindness

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary, Late Elementary

Chrysanthemum

By Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of school. “You're named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let's smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again? This popular picture book has sold more than a million copies and was named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association.

This back-to-school book addresses social/emotional concepts such as, how to treat classmates with tolerance, kindness, and compassion. This book is also filled with great examples of imagery and personification. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Chrysanthemum in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

setting
character analysis

Vocabulary:

perfect, dreadful, wilted, jealous, blushed, wonder, etc.

Character Analysis:

Chrysanthemum was embarrassed by her name because she was teased, but she overcame her insecurity with the help of a teacher.

Social/Emotional:

facial expressions
body language
bullying

Figurative Language:

personifications
imagery

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (action)
prepositional phrases
complex sentence structures

Text Features:

repetitive text
changes in text size
italics and exclamation points to show emphasis

Phonological Awareness:

multi-syllabic words

If you are interested in using Chrysanthemum in speech therapy, then check out the book companion with the full lesson plans and activities.