Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius

Book - 1982
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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking Press, [1982]
ISBN: 9780670479580
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 27 cm.


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Jul 26, 2020

A great story about living a full, generous life and sharing your gifts with the world and the future. Beautiful illustrations.

VaughanPLDonnalee Nov 29, 2019

This is one of my favourite picture books. The wonderfully detailed illustrations are gorgeous and full of life. I like that this is a story about choosing to live a full, impactful life. I loved watching Alice age from a little girl into a older lady, and I loved Alice's zest for adventure which showed on every page. This book offers a nostalgic glimpse of the past, and parts of the story may feel a bit dated, but it asks the timeless question, what kind of life do you want to lead? The message is that you should try to make the world a more beautiful place which is a simple yet powerful message. It turns out that lupines are an invasive species, which is unfortunate! But there are many other ways to make the world a beautiful place.

Jul 01, 2019


Nov 29, 2017

A beautiful book, a beautiful story and illustrations, and a beautiful message!

Jan 31, 2017

I enjoyed this book very much. Actually, it relived the good days when I was gardenning.

Jun 03, 2014

Samsung- Maybe I'm missing your comment but why wouldn't they have American Flags if this is a US book. I would expect to see a British flag if I was reading a British book. This is a children's book I think you maybe looking to hard at this.

Samsung Apr 07, 2014

This book left me feeling uneasy and with several questions. As a Canadian, and as happens so often with children's books from the US, the US nationalism embedded in the book leaves me thinking "what do we have for Canadian children?" The book features a US flag flying over top of the town. Why do we consider these patriotic US books appropriate for our children? My other question I have is which time period is Cooney trying to represent? From the illustrations it appears to be the WWI era and presents a white-washed image of that era. It shows white society as self-assured, elegant, noble and book-reading. There is no image of other peoples existing in US society except for the wooden "Indian" carvings her grandfather makes.

I hope I'm not coming down to hard on it after my first reading; I'll have to take a closer look at it.

Jan 07, 2014

Good story , good message about leaving your world a more beautiful place.

Dec 21, 2013

This is my absolutely FAVOURITE Barbara Cooney book. A wonderful classic to read to your children or your class. Miss Rumphius practices what her Father taught her; make the world a more beautiful place.


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Oct 30, 2018

Snugglewithbooks thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 8

Apr 08, 2014

pepa2010 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 9


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