Chrysanthemum is a very relatable story to students who are just starting school. Dealing with the anxieties of trying to make new friends and being afraid of not fitting in can be addressed to students in a read aloud. The illustrations are colorful and detailed and connect with exactly what the text is saying. A fun example of a class chart to complete can be found at the following link. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AVEzzFgNE5RXoPkSn2qTfz1ITgAdr5ht8-fY_sSpIhDRkSzapHSmFnI/.
You could even have students create their own flower pots with each letter of their name written on a flower petal, and then everything they love about themselves written on the pot.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2
Lexile Measure: 570L