Miss Rumphius

Miss RumphiusMiss Rumphius may not seem an obvious choice for reading to your students at the beginning of the school year, but it’s one that poses a question I like students to ponder at both the beginning of the year and again at the end – how will you make the world a more beautiful place? The main character is Alice, also later known as the Lupine Lady, who is tasked by her grandfather to do three things in life: go to faraway places, grow old and return to live beside the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. Making a mark of beauty in the world is a task I like to present to my students as well. I like them to think of all the ways they can make our classroom, school, community, and world a more beautiful place. Many will go with obvious answers like clean up the classroom, pick up trash at a park or on the side of a road, or plant flowers like the Lupine Lady. However, if you allow them to dig deeper they’ll realize that beauty goes beyond the literal definition. Beauty can appear in a hug you give your mom, a helping hand you offer your father or the gentle gesture of standing beside someone who feels down. Beauty can appear in the poem you write in class, a story you share aloud, or the song you sing with the chorus. Beauty can be the time you spend working in the garden with your grandmother, cooking and sharing a meal with family, or making peace with an enemy. It’s a question that should be posted in every classroom; a constant reminder that we all have to do our part to make a lasting, beautiful mark on the world around us. Grab the freebie bookmark here


2 thoughts on “Miss Rumphius

  1. Hi there. Not sure if anyone has told you yet but the bookmark link for Miss Rumphius isn’t working. Also, thanks so much for doing these. I also appreciate your thoughts about each book.


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