Pearl Verses the World

Miss Bruff wants us to write poems.
I am.
Miss Bruff wants poems that rhyme.
Mine don’t.
Rhyme is okay sometimes,
but my poems don’t rhyme
and neither do I.

At school, Pearl is in a group of one and at home she is in a group of three: Pearl, Mom, Granny.  But Granny isn’t herself anymore; she stays in bed drooling and not remembering Pearl and Mom.

Sally Murphy’s Pearl Verses the World is a short, poignant book that addresses grief.  In Pearl’s life, as in many of our lives, grief begins before death, when we know we are losing someone we love.  Pearl knows she is losing Granny, who can no longer make milky tea or push her on the swing, and this knowledge makes her feel alone.  Illustrations by Heather Potter enhance the text.

Look here for a great teacher’s guide and poetry activities.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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1 Response to Pearl Verses the World

  1. Anonymous says:

    Your posts are so helpful and detailed. The links you feature are also very useful too. Thanks a lot 🙂

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