Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius

Book - 1982 1982
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A beloved classic 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, Viking has reoriginated the illustrations, 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.
Publisher: 1982 New York : Viking , c1982
ISBN: 9780670479580
Branch Call Number: COONEY


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Nov 29, 2017

A beautiful book, a beautiful story and illustrations, and a beautiful message!

Jan 31, 2017

I enjoyed this book very much. Actually, it relived the good days when I was gardenning.

Jun 03, 2014

Samsung- Maybe I'm missing your comment but why wouldn't they have American Flags if this is a US book. I would expect to see a British flag if I was reading a British book. This is a children's book I think you maybe looking to hard at this.

Samsung Apr 07, 2014

This book left me feeling uneasy and with several questions. As a Canadian, and as happens so often with children's books from the US, the US nationalism embedded in the book leaves me thinking "what do we have for Canadian children?" The book features a US flag flying over top of the town. Why do we consider these patriotic US books appropriate for our children? My other question I have is which time period is Cooney trying to represent? From the illustrations it appears to be the WWI era and presents a white-washed image of that era. It shows white society as self-assured, elegant, noble and book-reading. There is no image of other peoples existing in US society except for the wooden "Indian" carvings her grandfather makes.

I hope I'm not coming down to hard on it after my first reading; I'll have to take a closer look at it.

Jan 07, 2014

Good story , good message about leaving your world a more beautiful place.

Dec 21, 2013

This is my absolutely FAVOURITE Barbara Cooney book. A wonderful classic to read to your children or your class. Miss Rumphius practices what her Father taught her; make the world a more beautiful place.

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Apr 08, 2014

pepa2010 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 9


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