Title: Miss Rumphius

Reference: Cooney, B. (1982). Miss Rumphius. New York, NY: The Viking Press.

Brief annotation: In this story a young girl (Miss Rumphius) makes a promise to her grandpa to travel far, come back to the sea, and finally to make the world more beautiful. Miss Rumphius does the first two things with ease but then worries about the third. Finally she decides to plant beautiful flowers all around her city. When Miss Rumphius becomes very old her great-niece makes her the same promise that Miss Rumphius made her grandpa.

Genre: Classics

Grade level: 2.9

Interest level: Students in grades K-2 would be interested in this book.

Personal response: This story beautifully showcases one way to have a meaningful life. This story could start a lesson in which students think about their goals and dreams.

Text-dependent question: How did Miss Rumphius make the world more beautiful?