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Miss Rumphius (1982)

by Barbara Cooney

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As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.



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  ZeljanaMaricFerli | Feb 20, 2020 |
The classic story of "the lupine lady," who traveled the world and then spread flower seeds all over part of the Maine coast.

The bit about carved wooden Indians for cigar shops hasn't aged well, but the message about making the world a better and more beautiful place is a good one. ( )
  JennyArch | Jan 2, 2020 |
  CapitalCityPCS | Sep 20, 2019 |
A modern fable of Johnny Appleseed, in the form of flowers, this tale reinforces that sometimes if you work hard enough you can do all the things you imagined you could. Beautifully illustrated. ( )
  lisaladdvt | Jul 12, 2019 |
Miss Rumphius tells the story of a girl whose grandfather taught her that she must do what she can to make the world a better place in her lifetime. She sets about to do exactly that and after working as a librarian, and traveling the world, she settles down in a cottage by the sea and plants many, many flowers along roadsides and in fields. ( )
  bibliophagia | May 19, 2019 |
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The Lupine Lady lives in a small house overlooking the sea.
You must do something to make the world more beautiful.
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Responding to And Analyzing Children’s books
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Your Name: Calleen Reis
Genre: Picture Book
Title: Miss Rumphius
Author/ Illustrator: Barbara Cooney
Subject or Theme: Giving, caring, compassion, service to others.
Brief Summary of plot or format: Miss Rumphius is about doing one thing with your life that makes the world a more beautiful place.

What I want to remember about this book: That it is important, even in my small sphere of influence, to do just ONE thing that might make the world a more beautiful place.

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Miss Rumphius comes to America as a child and an European immigrant. She grows up and finds what her “contribution” is to the world.
Setting: Hmmm – Big city to rural setting. Probably during the Industrial Revolution times when there were lots of European immigrants to America.
Additional features or artistic details: I LOVE THE ART. The water colors of Barbara Cooney are so colorful, cheerful, warm and enveloping. If I had the money I would own a piece of Barbara Cooney’s art because it would make me feel good to look at it every day!

Professional/personal opinion or possible use in classroom or library: Naturally, I have students try to think about what will be the ONE thing they can do to make the world a more beautiful place.
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