As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.
This is another book that has beautiful pictures. It really gets your imagination going. The message of the story is good too. It makes me want to travel the world.
If I used this in a classroom, I would probably use it with a unit about traveling. Every class is going to be different, but whether your children get to go on vacations or not this book is a good way to get them thinking about what they want to do, where they want to go, and what they are going to leave behind in the future.
As a student this is a great read!! I like seeing where Miss Rumphius went and what she did. I also like finding out if she made the world more beautiful or not.
As a teacher reading this book, i liked the story alot. It is a story that everyone can relate to, or know someone that it relates to. I could use this book as an introduction to a family unit in class.
And, you know, it is a nice story - about a woman who "makes the world more beautiful" by planting lupines - but there just isn't much to it.
It's not very compelling to me. We read it only occasionally.
This story rings with wisdom and love. It teaches children (and adults, too!) about beauty, whose nature is subjective and personal, shifting and changing, yet present in all the world. The book also challenges readers to discover his or her own definition for beauty, and moreover, to contribute their beauty to others. I am teary-eyed every time I finish this story. Thank you, Ms. Cooney, for leaving us such a powerful book.
I would read this book to children in second grade, third grade, and fourth grade. A good time to read this to children is when they are learning about what they can do to better the world and how important their help is. Also, it is a good book to read to show the importance of family and tradition.