Miss Rumphius Paperback – Nov 6 1985
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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.
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Almost on cue, we read this book a week later, and it answered the question perfectly. This is the story of a woman named Miss Rumphuis. As a child, she sat on her grandfather's knee and posed the very question as my daughter. His answer was one of the most simple, beautiful, and meaningful that I've ever read. I can't imagine anyone in this world arguing against it, no matter what religion (or non-religion), political persuasion, or culture.
The answer provides the impetus as to how Miss Rumphuis led the rest of her life. It seems as if nearly every reviewer has already given the entire plot, so it's no surprise that her grandfather's answer to why we are here is to simply make the world a more beautiful place. When my daughter heard that, her reply was, "Mommy, you've already made the world a more beautiful place." When I asked how, she replied, "By having me!" I couldn't begin to argue against such wisdom from one of God's small miracles.
This book may appear to be nothing more than a lovely illustrated child's book containing a heartfelt tale. Without a doubt, the illustrations are rich; Ms. Cooney is an extremely talented woman. However, I also believe its message (which is never, ever preachy) is extremely powerful. As such, it is my favorite children's book, and I think every child (and adult) on this earth should read it.
My favorite book as a child was Miss Rumphius, It's a book that makes you want to go out and do something .This book is a realistic fiction book but it is also a children's picture book containing many beautiful pictures This book is about Miss Rumphius and what great things she did in her life and how she accomplished her personal goals for example, Miss Rumphius she went out and saw the word and its beautiful features like when she went to the bahamas and came back with a beautiful shell.The only part of the book that isn't great is when she injures her back and is not abel to do the things she likes to do .
Miss Rumphisus is the main character and she does all the main rolls but some other rolls are her grandfather who gives her the motivation to do these things and her cat and the lupins. Miss Rumphius believes that every one should do something for the word .I fully Believe in what she thinks and hopefully I will be able to .
This book is a classic and always will be many people love this book and I am one of them If you have a child I highly recommend this book for you to read with them and I bet they aren't going to be the only ones that like it you will to .I believe this book also promotes Maine as a beautiful place Take some time read this book I promise you you won't regret it .
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This was my daughter 's favourite when she was little. I gave it to another little girl.Published 20 days ago by Brenda MacDonald
it's a bit above my grandchildren's level but they will it in timePublished 5 months ago by sheila pace
This is one of those stories that have meaning for a bigger picture.Published 14 months ago by Patty Depatie
The story's message is useful for children, and adults, and the pictures are detailed and beautiful. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2010 by Kim
I received this book on my 8th birthday & begged my mom to read it to me over & over again. It has left such a lasting memory with me. Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Jessie Wood
This will always be my all-time favorite book. This story spans four generations as we first meet Alice as a young girl who helps her grandfather. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by britneyxyz
What an inspiration to all girls to read this book. Go out into the world, have adventures, and come back home. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by Barbara Bell
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