Sunday, June 12, 2011
Although I don't think the story ever mentions the location of her house by the sea, I always imagine Miss Rumphius settling down on the coast of Maine (another reason I love this book.) I find this story particularly beautiful for both its imagery and its message, and simply put, I LOVE it. It is definitely one of my all-time, absolute favorites. After all, traveling, the ocean, and nature are three of my favorite things. What's not to love? It's a longer story, so is better suited for preschoolers or grade school aged children than toddlers. I was actually surprised that my son loved the book as much as he did when I first read it to him a few months ago. Even if you think your child might be too young to fully appreciate it, read it anyway. It's a wonderful book for children and adults, alike. After reading this story to my son one night before bed, I asked him if he was going to do something to make the world more beautiful. "Yes," he replied, "but I can't right now because it's too dark outside." I can't wait to see what that thing will be. May we all take the advice of Miss Rumphius and her grandfather to heart and make the world a more beautiful place.