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Miss Rumphius Paperback – November 6, 1985
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About the Author
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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Top customer reviews
This is a wonderful storybook and my daughter loves it too. Even though she's only 3 I can tell that she is trying to understand the concepts, but mostly she's enjoying the pictures. Probably better for elementary aged children (my teacher read this to us in 2nd or 3rd grade and we did a little unit on it) but could definitely be good for young ones too, since it's a sweet story.
Gave it for a baby library shower present. It was much admired as it was passed around. My own children loved it when they were young. Judging from their grown-up careers ( a teacher and a film-maker) I think they heard the book's message.
One problem I have is that the momentum or rhythm is a bit flat. My 4yo loses interest, but she likes the overall theme and some moments please her quiet a bit.
Families can talk about: What far away places do you want to visit? What is a librarian and what do they do? How does Miss Rumphius fund her world travels? Is it likely she can do this on the savings of a career librarian or is it possible she has a trust-fund? Are lupines native to Maine? If not, what are the dangers of spreading non-native species? What will you do to make the world more beautiful… you know, besides just being cute?