Item description for Miss Rumphius: Story and Pictures by Barbara Cooney...
Overview Seeking adventure in faraway places, Miss Rumphius fulfills her dream and then sets out to make the world more beautiful.
Publishers Description 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.
Citations And Professional Reviews Miss Rumphius: Story and Pictures by Barbara Cooney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 643
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 615
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 10" Height: 8" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Nov 6, 1985
Grade Level Kindergarten
Series Classic Picture Books
ISBN 0140505393 ISBN13 9780140505399 UPC 051488006992
Availability 0 units.
More About Barbara Cooney
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Miss Rumphius?
Beatiful Jun 5, 2008
I just left home and school to live on my own as an intern in DC. I've been doing lots of responsible adult type activities, cooking, waking up early, cleaning etc and was feeling a little strange about feeling so old. As I was walking to work this morning, I took a slightly different route that had a house with lupines just covering their yard. They looked so beautiful in the morning. I immediately thought to myself "what was that book with these flowers??" and called up my lovely mother. It felt like a long lost dream. I could remember the symbolism, but not the specifics. When I was young, I think I was enthralled with little Alice being able to paint the clouds and even more so when she becomes a librarian and transforms the landscape by the sea. This is a truly amazing book. I'm going to walk to the library tonight and check it out again. It definitely made me appriciate beauty in the world as a child, and through my memory of it, as an adult.
Wonderful Book! Apr 28, 2008
This book is a short biography of Barbara Conney's great Aunt Alice Rumphius, who grew up in New England, loved the sea, and wanted to visit faraway places. And also had an objective to do something to make the world more beautiful. I have always loved this book and have had that very same goal ever since the fifth grade when our homeroom teacher read it to us. The book concludes when Barbara Cooney the author says that her Aunt Alice (Miss Rumphius,) tells her that she too needs to do something to make the world more beautiful. But even SHE doesn't know yet what that could be. I personally think that she made the world more beautiful by writing and illustrated this masterpiece. Everybody young and old should have a copy.
Miss Rumphius Mar 24, 2008
This book is beautifully illustrated and is an even more beautiful story of the passing on of values intergenerationally. We have read the soft-covered version to our daughter so often that it is in tatters and we needed to invest in the hard-covered version. Great Aunt Alice spends her life learning how she will choose to make the world a more beautiful place and passes the challenge to do the same to the next generation. If my daughter spends her life living the message of this book, I will have succeeded as a parent. Thank you Barbara Cooney for another great book!
gift idea Feb 18, 2008
This book is one of my all-time favorites. What an inspirational story of living life with intention! Many reviewers here have already shared the details of the story, so I will simply add that this book makes a lovely gift- just tuck in a packet of lupine seeds!
Great book, great message Jan 18, 2008
This was my daughter's favorite book when she was young. We purchased it this year for our friends' daughter. The story is sweet and it has a message that we should all try to make the world a better place.