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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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Alice Rumphius longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. 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. Anothe book fitting for Earth Day, Miss Rumphious is a classic children's book. In the classroom this book could also be used to discuss making an impact as well as the literary elements of sequencing and even creating a story map. ( )
  Leighann-Rathe | Apr 16, 2021 |
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is everywhere we are willing to see it. Being a kind person is something many people strive for, but how to make the world a better place is something that takes thinking and is what Miss. Rumphius promised her uncle. As she journey's through life's adventures she finds out she did just that by doing what she loves. ( )
  vetschlarson | Feb 8, 2021 |
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. 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.
  wichitafriendsschool | Jan 23, 2021 |
Loved it! ( )
  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 |
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The Lupine Lady lives in a small house overlooking the sea.
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You must do something to make the world more beautiful.
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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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Your Name: Calleen Reis
Genre: Picture Book
Title: Miss Rumphius
Author/ Illustrator: Barbara Cooney
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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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