Miss Rumphius

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Overview

Alice Rumphius wants to travel the world when she grows up and then to live by the sea. But her grandfather tells her she must do something to make the world more beautiful. American Book Award.

As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most ...

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Overview

Alice Rumphius wants to travel the world when she grows up and then to live by the sea. But her grandfather tells her she must do something to make the world more beautiful. American Book Award.

As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812445978
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/1/1986
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,271,509
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 11, 2014

    Amazing Story

    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.

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    One of my favorite children's books. I can't see a lupine withou

    One of my favorite children's books. I can't see a lupine without this story coming to mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    The Lupine Lady makes the world beautiful ~

    Everyone can do something to make the world a better place! Always one of my daughter's favorite books. Timeless.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    I read this book ages ago as a little girl and always thought fo

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Amazing!

    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!

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    This children's book is not just for children.

    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!

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    One of the best books ever

    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

    Posted June 29, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Such a sweet story!

    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.

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

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    A great book for children.

    It is my daughters favorite book. The illustrations are beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2009

    Beautiful all around

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2007

    a must read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2006

    Discovered favorite as an adult

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2006

    A must read!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004

    Awsome book!!!!!!!!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    I love this book!!!

    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.

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    Posted August 30, 2009

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