Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius

by Barbara Cooney

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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: 17,020
Product dimensions: 9.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About 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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Miss Rumphius 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
GeniusBabies on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A quaint tale about the adventures and settling of Ms. Rumphius, the Lupine Lady. Most of the charm from the book comes from its pictures of New England and Ms. Rumphius as she ages. Overall, though, there's not much of a story here, and it's pretty dissatisfying. It is a nice example a calm tall tale and some good rules for life.
kperk12 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Miss Rumphius is a very inspirational book for young children. 2nd or 3rd graders would enjoy this tale. This young girl is speaking about her great aunt and how as a young one herself decided she would travel to far away places, live by the sea and make the world a more beautiful place. She accomplished her dreams in wonderful ways and this book is a sweet way to encourage students to always look for ways to make the world a prettier place to live.
megross on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is about Miss Rumphius. At the beginning she is a little girl and her grandfather tells her to explore the world, live by the sea when she is old and most importantly make the world a more beautiful place. So this book is about her doing all these things. She plants lupine flowers to make the world a more beautiful place. At the end she tells her niece the same things her grandfather told her.
Superdaisy on LibraryThing 5 months ago
My mother read this one to me frequently, and it held up quite well in my memory. With a moral, but not quite...A starter for book group conversation?
wendyfincher on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In this book a child is telling the life story of their Great-aunt Alice or also known as Miss Rumphius. As a child Miss Rumphius would sit on her grandfather's knee while he told her stories about his travels. She always wanted to travel and when she grew up she did. But her grandfather made her promise to do something to make the world a more beautiful place. It wasn't until Miss Rumphius was old that she figured out how she would make the world more beautiful. She planted lupines for everyone to enjoy and then she had the child telling the story in the book to promise to do something to make the world a more beautiful place.
szierdt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Timeless story of a little girl who growing up experiences adventures while keeping in mind her need to make the world a better place. At the end, reader is left with Miss Rumphius telling children they too need to make the world a better place. Beautiful folkart illustrations. This book can be a prelude to children considering a community project they might like to partake in. Couple with a seed growing/science lesson.
EllieGiles on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a wonderful story about a girl who we first see as a child, then as a young woman, and then as an older woman. This book follows the life of a girl who wants to make the world a more beautiful place. It was one of my favorite as a child, and I continue to read it because of the glorious pictures and because of Barbara Cooney's delightful writing.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Miss Rumphius is told as a little girl that she must do three things: 1. Travel to far away places, 2. Live by the sea when she is old, and 3. Do something to make the world more beautiful. She travels to far away places and returns to live by the sea, but isn't sure how to make the third happen. Finally she's inspired to plant lots of lupines- hopefully that isn't an invasive species.
Karizev on LibraryThing 5 months ago
"You must do something to make the world more beautiful." Students are going to have to be creative in how they can make the world more beautiful, and make a cardboard paper on how they did that.
Kaelkivial on LibraryThing 5 months ago
There are only a few things that I can point to and truly say "That changed the way I think.", but this book was one of them. The message stayed with me growing up and quite possibly could have been influential in my current endeavors of becoming an environmental defense lawyer (to make the world a more beautiful place, of course). As far as children's books go, this one has more depth and influence that the usual dribble that's fed to children, not to mention the outstanding art work. If you have children- or you just appreciate a damn good 12 page story- this is a must read.
kimbrady on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Barbara Cooney's sweet story and colorful, painterly illustrations won an American Book Award in 1983. Miss Rumphius had a goal as a child to travel the world and learn about everything. The book follows her life through travels and into old age. Having met her personal goal, Miss Rumphius has one more thing to do: make the world more beautiful. In addition to themes of personal journeys and fulfillment, "Miss Rumphius" is also about learning and sharing across generations. Cooney's painted illustrations are colorful and precise with plenty of beautiful detail. The content is appropriate for any age; the reading level is about middle elementary. This would be a good addition to a school or public library children's collection.
renee.sutter on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This story is about Miss Rumphius whose grandfather tells her there are three things she must do. Travel the world, return and live in a house by the sea and do something to make the world a better place. She fulfills all three obligations and makes the world a better place by planting lupine seeds all over. I absolutely adore this book. The moral of the story is about making the world a better place. I think this could be read to any age group followed by a discussion of how they can make the world a better place.
ermilligan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The moral of the story is about making the world a better place. It explains how each person is responsible for doing their part to make sure that happens.
nmhale on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I love this beautiful story, so full of heart. Alice Rumphius has vowed to travel to travel to faraway places, and live by the sea, just like her grandfather. He asked of her only one more thing: to make the world a more beautiful place. While her first two goals are easier to accomplish, she is puzzled by her grandfather's request, until a chance wind teaches her how she can make the world a beautiful place in her own way. This story rings with wisdom and love. It teaches children (and adults, too!) about beauty, whose nature is subjective and personal, shifting and changing, yet present in all the world. The book also challenges readers to discover his or her own definition for beauty, and moreover, to contribute their beauty to others. I am teary-eyed every time I finish this story. Thank you, Ms. Cooney, for leaving us such a powerful book.
ktibbs on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wonderful story about a girl named Alice who is told by her grandfather to do something to make the world more beautiful. It is not until she is older that she decides to plane lupine seeds all over the town and countryside. That spring, lupines grow everywhere and are admired by all. The story is told by Alice's Great- Niece and in the end Alice tells her Great Niece and her friends to do something to make the world more beautiful as well.....
rmbowers on LibraryThing 5 months ago
As she grows from a young girl to an old woman, Alice begins feeling like her life is not enough. While she is happy with her life, she feels like it isn't enough. Alice then recalls some advice that was passed down to her by her Grandfather- in order to have a good life, you must do something to make the world a more beautiful place. After contemplating this advice, Alice realizes that this is what was missing in her life. She decides to make the world more beautiful place by scattering flower seeds where ever she goes. Flowers have always brought her joy and she wants to spread that joy to others. The story ends with Alice passing down this same advice to her niece who then continues the cycle by thinking about what she can do to make the world a more beautiful place. This is an absolutely beautiful story with a beautiful message for children!
stharp on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book covers such a great topic of the things that we hope will happen to us when we follow our dreams. This woman sets to her ambitions and Alice really follows through with following her Grandfather's footsteps. It makes you really love Alice and her ambitions and accomplishments throughout the
arielaver on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Miss Rumphius is an old woman who has travelled the world and had adventures. She also believes in making the world a more beautiful place. She is a fantastic role model for children and adults alike.
arewald on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A truly beautiful picture book about a little girl who declares that she will do three things in her life: go to faraway places, live by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. The illustrations are rich and colorful and the text has a lyrical, wistful tone as it traces the life of Miss Rumphius from a little girl on her grandfather's knee to the wise old Lupine Lady.
conuly on LibraryThing 5 months ago
First, let me mention that this is a pretty wordy book. Maybe a bit too wordy, because it does seem to drag on in parts. I'm constantly cutting out a paragraph here or there because it doesn't add much to the story and I really want to get on with things anyway.And, you know, it is a nice story - about a woman who "makes the world more beautiful" by planting lupines - but there just isn't much to it. It's not very compelling to me. We read it only occasionally.
eecnelsen on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is told second hand by the niece of Miss Rumphius. It is about dreams how she had the dream of going to faraway places and to come home and live by the sea. Her father made her promise to also make the world more beautiful. She does this by planting lupines all around the countryside. The illistrations are very realistic and fun.
kirkonly on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a great book told from Miss Rumphius's niece point of view of her life. She painted with her grandfather, listened to stories of fair away lands and needed to find a way to make the world beautiful. She did many things throughout her life and saw more, but she didn't find a way to make the world beautiful, or did she?As a student this is a great read!! I like seeing where Miss Rumphius went and what she did. I also like finding out if she made the world more beautiful or not.As a teacher reading this book, i liked the story alot. It is a story that everyone can relate to, or know someone that it relates to. I could use this book as an introduction to a family unit in class.
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.