Kevin Hickes’ book, Chrysanthemum, is a story about a young mouse who loves her name until some of her classmates start to make fun of it. In the end, with some help from her parents and a caring teacher, she learns that her name is perfect. While reading the book aloud, ask students to take turns crumpling up a large paper heart each time a character in the book says something hurtful about Chrysanthemum’s name. Towards the end of the book, when characters start saying kind things about Chrysanthemum’s name, students try to smooth out the crinkled heart. The wrinkles will not disappear. Students can write a kind word of encouragement on a bandaid to place on the wrinkled heart but it is important to understand that unkind actions have lasting impact on others.