Miss Rumphius by Barbara CooneyMiss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Miss Rumphius

byBarbara Cooney

Paperback | November 6, 1985

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Alice made a promise to make the world a more beautiful place, then a seed of an idea is planted and blossoms into a beautiful plan.  This beloved classic and celebration of nature—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.

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.
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 Rump...
Title:Miss RumphiusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.94 × 7.88 × 0.15 inPublished:November 6, 1985Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140505393

ISBN - 13:9780140505399

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Nice story with beautiful illustrations.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Haunting This is more of an adult's book. Cooney makes Miss Rumphius seem very lonely. And while I never see a lupine without thinking about her, I'm not sure the kids really appreciated the story.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book This was my daughters favourite book! The art work is wonderful.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lovely story I would recommend this book, it is beautifully written with lovely pictures. A nice story of travel and making the world a better place. Really lovely. Children of all ages will enjoy.
Date published: 2011-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book This book is a gem. I read it growing up and its message has stayed with me all thru my life. Someday I too will make the world a better place.
Date published: 2007-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A cherished favourite A beautiful story that teachers children the importance of giving back. Readers are touched by Alice's mission to make the world a more beautiful place, inspiring for all. An absolute must-read!
Date published: 2006-03-10

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Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. "As a child (Alice Rumphius) dreamed of travel . . . and of a house by the sea; but Grandfather had made one further request: 'You must do something to make the world more beautiful.' The simple story is accompanied by glowing pictures".--The Horn Book. American Book Award. Full-color illustrations