Miss Rumphius



Miss Rumphius

by Barbara Cooney

Miss Rumphius is a sweet story about making the world a more beautiful place. That message is one I share with my boys and one I think we all should hear and practice. When Miss Rumphius is a girl, her grandfather tells her that the most important thing in life is to make the world more beautiful.


At first she doesn’t know what she could possibly do because the world is so beautiful already. She grows up to become a librarian and then travels the world. When she is old she finally decides what she can do: she can plant lupine flowers all around, making her home and town more beautiful.


All the little children in the town come to her and hear her stories, including the narrator, her great-niece, Alice. The last conversation is the sweetest:

“When I grow up,” I tell her, “I too will go to faraway places and come home to live by the sea.”

“That is all very well, little Alice,” says my aunt, “but there is a third thing you must do.”

“What is that?” I ask.

“You must do something to make the world more beautiful.”

“All right,” I say.

But I do not know yet what that can be.


Summing it up: This book is sweet and beautiful. I highly recommend it!

All the best, Abbey


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