Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

A lovely picture book about finding what your special gift is and leaving something behind for the world. Miss Rumphius was a real woman whose legacy lives on. She was the great aunt of the author, Barbara Cooney. This book tells about her life – she longed to travel, live by the sea, and make the world a more beautiful place. She achieved all of these goals. The way she chose to make the world more beautiful was by scattering wildflower seeds all along the coast of Maine. The seeds rooted and beautiful lupine flowers grew. A great book to answer the childhood question of “Why are we here?” Miss Rumphius’ grandfather told her it was to make the world a more beautiful place and she did that through her flowers. We all have our special gifts and we can all make the world a more beautiful place through those gifts, which are as varied as the people of the world. Miss Rumphius’ gift was flowers, another person’s gift may be music or writing or having children or teaching children and on and on.

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