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Miss Rumphius [Paperback]

Barbara Cooney
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Nov. 4 1985 Picture Puffin Books
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.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Rumphius May 4 2004
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Format:Paperback
Miss Rumphius is a very good book. It is about a little girl named Alice who lived in a city by the sea. She told her grandfather that when she grew up she would travel around the world and live in a little house by the sea. Her grandfather said that was all very well but she would also have to do something to make the world more beautiful. When Alice got older she traveled all over the world and saw many different things and did many neat things too. Then she bought a little house by the sea, but she still had not done anything to make the world more beautiful. One spring she was ill. When she looked out her bedroom window she could see the lupines she had planted the summer before. They were so pretty, she wished she could have planted more. When she got better, she went outside and found lupines all over the hill. She knew the wind must have done it. Then she had an idea; she would sprinkle lupine seeds everywhere she went. That was what she would do to make the world more beautiful. And she did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Rumphius Nov. 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Miss Rumphius Story and pictures by Barbara Cooney Published by The Penguin Group New York.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Answers THAT question from a child July 30 2003
Format:Paperback
Many children ask, in various ways, the meaning of life. And, as adults, we stutter and try to cough out some semblance of a meaningful answer that the child will understand. When my daughter was three, she literally asked, "Why are we here?" I had no idea how to answer.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make the World More Beautiful..... June 4 2002
Format:Paperback
When Alice was a little girl she lived in a village by the sea, and in the evenings would sit on her grandfather's knee and listen to his stories of faraway places. It was then that she decided that when she grew up she too would travel the world, and then, when she grew old, come back home and live in a house by the sea. Her wise grandfather listened to her dreams and then made her promise to do one more thing. "You must do something to make the world more beautiful." Little Alice grew up; she was called Miss Rumphius now, and set out on her worldwide adventure. She visited tropical islands and beaches, climbed mountains, walked through jungles, and across deserts, making friends wherever she went. And when she was finished traveling, she went home to her house by the sea. But there was still one more thing Miss Rumphius had to do...fulfill the promise she made to her grandfather, and when she saw lupine flowers blooming outside her window, she knew just what she would do to make the world a more beautiful place..... Award winning author and illustrator, Barbara Cooney, has written a sweet and simple story, with a lovely message that reminds us all to take a little extra time and make the world a better place in which to live. Her gentle, eloquent text is enhanced by her beautiful and engaging illustrations that capture the imagination, and send it soaring. Perfect for youngsters 4-8, Miss Rumphius is a magical, heartwarming treasure, and a picture book to share with family and friends now, and future generations in the years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring story!
The story's message is useful for children, and adults, and the pictures are detailed and beautiful. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2010 by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book of All Time
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 more
Published on June 19 2004 by Jessie Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite
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 more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by britneyxyz
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book that every girl should read...
What an inspiration to all girls to read this book. Go out into the world, have adventures, and come back home. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by Barbara Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars Miss Rumphius
Miss Rumphius is about Lady, who when younger traveled all over the world just like she told her Grand-father she would. Read more
Published on March 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, lovely, lovely
One of the best children's stories ever written! Gorgeous illustrations, and a message for all children. I cannot recommend it enough! Read more
Published on March 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars It is simply wonderful story
I have an 8 yr. old and once she was finished reading her book; she wanted to go and buy some of those lupines seeds. She wanted to do the same as Miss. Rumphius. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wonderful
One of the most cherished books in our house! My daughter and I went out and planted lupines in our garden and every spring she delights when they come up. Read more
Published on May 15 2002 by "lantieri"
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Rumphius a Hit!
A real classic Ñ Miss Rumphius was recommended by a children's book expert when I was searching for a Christmas gift for a granddaughter. Read more
Published on March 12 2002 by Susan R. Murray
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