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Miss Rumphius

by Barbara Cooney

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers (1982-11-08)

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A beloved classic 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, Viking has reoriginated the illustrations, 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.

One Potato Review

Here is a story also written by the classic illustrator of more than one hundred other books. A little girl living in a busy port city dreams of traveling to faraway places. Which she does - to a tropical island, to jungles, to snowy mountains - and remains single, and happy (“almost perfectly”), before finally retiring to a seaside village where she takes to scattering the seeds of blue and purple lupines, and setting an example for the neighboring children “to make the world more beautiful.” The Lupine Lady they call her, with no idea of the places she’s been, but they are attentive. This may sound overly reverential on the surface, and even old-fashioned, but Cooney tells this story - as always panoramically illustrated - without a hint of the sort of breathlessness that might have hinted at some Larger Meaning. Sprightly and self-sufficient, like the life that informs it.

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