At school, Pearl is a group of one, and at home her beloved granny is fading. A poignant gem of a tale about independence, grief, and finding your place.
Pearl likes to write poems, but despite the insistence of her teacher, Ms. Bruff, Pearl’s poems don’t rhyme, and neither does she. She wishes she could grow gills so she could stay underwater in swim class without drowning. And she hasn’t a clue why perfect Prudence bumps her desk and sends her pencils flying. Pearl thinks there’s no nicer sound than the bell at the end of the day, even though back at home, Granny, always a crucial part of their family of three, sometimes doesn’t recognize Pearl, and Mom is tired from providing constant care. In a lyrical novel told with clear-eyed sympathy, humor, and heart, Sally Murphy follows a girl who holds fast to her individuality even as she learns to let go— and in daring to share her voice, discovers that maybe she’s not a group of one after all.
About the Author
Sally Murphy writes reviews for Reading Time, the magazine of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and runs a website that reviews Australian books. Pearl Verses the World has won the 2010 Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature as well as the 2010 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award for Best Book for Language Development. She lives in Wheatbelt, a tiny town in Australia.
Heather Potter is an illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At home, Pearl is a well loved child who lives with her mother and grandmother. At school, though, she feels totally alone, a ¿group of one¿ in a world of groups. As Pearl struggles with loneliness at school and with writing a poem that fits in with her teacher¿s idea of a poem, she suffers a sad loss at home. Pearl, with her sense of loss and confusion so well written, finally finds her voice by reaching straight from her heart. In finding a way to express her grief, she finds her voice. Pearl Verses the World deftly handles some big issues and should generate some good discussions when read with younger children who may be dealing with similar issues of loneliness, loss, and isolation.Written in verse, it is an utterly charming and heart-warming children¿s story. Pearl is an endearing girl and the black and white illustrations by Heather Potter only add to her and the book's appeal. This was first published in Australia in 2009 and has won or been shortlisted for several awards.A Candlewick book, read as an arc from NetGalley and will be available in the US in Aug 2011.
A lovely story about losing someone you love for the first time
This very short book told in verse is touching but not sappy. Pearl's Granny is dying and she is trying to cope. The illustrations are just right. Could be used to help 1st thru 5th graders.