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Miss Rumphius

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by Barbara Cooney
     
 

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A beloved classic—written by a beloved Caldecott winner—is lovelier than ever!

Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast

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A beloved classic—written by a beloved Caldecott winner—is lovelier than ever!

Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication.

To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of two-time Caldecott winner Barbara Cooney's best-loved book, the illustrations have been reoriginated, going back to the original art to ensure state-of-the-art reproduction of Cooney's exquisite artwork. The art for Miss Rumphius has a permanent home in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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As a child, Miss Rumphius dreams of traveling to faraway places. Her grandfather assures her that this is possible, but also advises her to do something to make the world more beautiful. As an old lady, Miss Rumphius returns to her home by the sea, but realizes she has yet to fulfill her grandfather's wish. Inspired by her garden, Miss Rumphius creates a world of loveliness for those who live nearby.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140505399
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/28/1985
Series:
Picture Puffin Books Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
28,345
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Like Miss Rumphius, the late Barbara Cooney traveled the world, lived in a house by the sea in Maine, and, through her art, made the world more beautiful. A two-time Caldecott Medal winner, Cooney is known for beautifully illustrated books such as her adaptation of Chaucer's The Nun Preist's Tale (Caldecott Winner, 1959), and Miss Rumphius, winner of both the American Book Award and a New York Times citation in 1982.

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Miss Rumphius 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
lefty68 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my grandchildren because I loved the story line and the pictures. It teaches them a great lessons in seeing the beauty of nature and in each person. I have bought this book for presents and one for myself. I brings me to a different place when reading it.
BBlume More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite children's books. I can't see a lupine without this story coming to mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone can do something to make the world a better place! Always one of my daughter's favorite books. Timeless.
JaneGray More than 1 year ago
I read this book ages ago as a little girl and always thought fondly of my grandmother, who in very similar ways was just like Miss Rumphius! I remember trying to ask friends and other bookworms if they remembered this story, but was unlucky in my quest to rediscover the book. Thanks to my husband who wanted to incorporate lupins in our decorating, I wouldn't have found the book that I've been searching for for years! This is one to add to my collection, not just for my children but for myself as a reminder of another great woman!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miss Rumphius has been 1 of my top 5 favorite children's books for the past 20 years. It's really special when a children's book speaks to both children and adults. This book also has a life long message. Great for gifts!
Mimi7135 More than 1 year ago
Miss Rumphius is a book that can span the ages in its message of a life lived to its most fulfilling, experiencing the highs and lows, leaving a legacy for those who follow. I fell in love with this book when I read it to my children, and now I have fallen in love with it again reading it to my grandaughter. The message here is very subtle; what seems to be an innocent story of a young child, growing up and growing old, following her dreams, is actually, in the planting of the lupines, a metaphor for the true meaning of a life fulfilled. This is a "green" story that will leave you feeling good and wondering about the legacy you can leave behind. I rate it 5 stars!
mother_of_sons More than 1 year ago
I read this book hundreds of thousands times to my sons and give it to every new baby I know. I just gave a new copy of it to my eldest as he gets ready to graduate from college. Beautiful illustrations, wonderful story, great life lesson.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The flowers remind me of Texas Bluebonnets. Love the pictures! Cooney does such wonderful work in all the books I've seen her illustrate. Another favorite she illustrated is the Ox-Cart Man.
TealLaneLibrary More than 1 year ago
It is my daughters favorite book. The illustrations are beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miss Rumphius is a beautiful story with beautiful illustrations. My 3 and 4 year-olds love it. I like that it is one of the few stories about the full and purposeful life of a woman who does not marry or have children. Yet, she shares her life with children and makes their world more beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Mother read this to me often as a child myself. Now it is a staple in my mothering. It is a lovely and subtle way to show how taking interest in family, travel, natural beauty and doing good can be rewarding and even help pull you through hard times. A must have for any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the most beautiful books i have ever read (and as an english major and obsessive reader that is no small feat!) and i give it to every special child in my life. it has an incredible message and quiet feminist undertones. i have never made it through the last page without getting choked up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book with third graders, as a teacher's aide in the classroom. I absolutely loved it because it was a bout a woman who had a full rich life. A great book for teaching children about living life richly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 26, and this was my favorite book as a child. My husband and I just had our first baby, and I love telling her that this book was Mommys favorite. The story spans generations and soothths the soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im 21 years old now, and as a child I loved this book. At night my grams used to read It too me everynight,until one day when we had to move I lost the book... But I never forgot miss Rumphius and her travels!. Now as an adult I know when it comes time for me to read that special book to my child I would make sure that miss Rumphius will be one of them! thank you miss Rumphius for making a differece In my life!.... Anthony
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 21 years old and I can still remember the positive message that Miss Rumphius gave me as a child. I remember that after I read it, I vowed that I would ultimately do something in my life to make this world a better place. Years later, I cannot believe how much this book has influenced me in my life. I can still smell the wonderful scents of Miss Rumphius flowers and her seaside home.