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Miss Rumphius

This is my absolute favorite book from childhood. I think it honestly may have influenced my adult life- I spent almost 10 years abroad, and I also thought- "ok, I have traveled the world, I have lived by the sea, now I just have to do something to make the world a more beautiful place. " I have given this book as a gift to many children, most recently my goddaughter. I hope it will have the same effect on her as it did on me. Miss Rumphius is a beautiful woman! Check it out!

Miss Rumphius Review

We read this book the first week of school in sixth grade and do a writing assignment on how students would make our community a better or more beautiful place. We follow through by planting 150-200 bulbs each year and by participating in the citizen science tulip planting with Jouney North. (You can google it. ) Then we read it again at the end of the year and do the same writing prompt. Students can compare their August writing to their June writing and see (I hope!) lots of improvement. -Read Reviews-

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This was one of my favorite books as a kid. If I remember correctly, I first saw this on Reading Rainbow and then checked it out from the library after that. I loved the illustrations and the message, which is to do something that makes the world a better place. This is a wonderful storybook and my daughter loves it too. Even though she’s only 3 I can tell that she is trying to understand the concepts, but mostly she’s enjoying the pictures. Probably better for elementary aged children (my teacher read this to us in 2nd or 3rd grade and we did a little unit on it) but could definitely be good for young ones too, since it’s a sweet story.

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