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Module 2: Miss Rumphius

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2012 at 4:22 am

Book Summary:  The story of Miss Rumphius tells a story about a young girl that is a second generation immigrant.  She was very artistic just like her grandfather and had prosperous dreams to make the world a better place and to explore it.  Miss Rumphius became all the things she had told her grandfather that she dreamed of doing.  She went to explore the great outdoors beyond many countries.  She learned about faraway places in the library she worked.  As she learned more about the places she set out to explore the lands.  When all this was set and done she still wanted to live by the sea.  During a expedition she hurt her back she came to the conclusion that traveling was no longer on her agenda.  The last thing she did was make the world a better place by planting blue and purple and rose-colored lupines wherever she went.

Cooney, B.  (1982).  Miss Rumphius.  New York, NY:  Viking Penguin Inc.

Impressions:  Miss Rumphius plot was slow and steady throughout the whole book.  I felt captured by the lifestyle and dream of the Lupine Lady.  The connection of dreaming, traveling to far away sites, and making a difference is part of someone’s dream.  The writer grabs that attention of the reader with the story line and the dream of making a difference.  The book captures the illustrations of the Lupine Lady and the adventures she takes on her long journey.  I really enjoyed the book because it captures the artistic and the morals of a energetic and broad lifestyle.  The paintings of the book was interesting and different and how the book focuses on the illustrations and how the pictures are different and set aside to the left hand side.     

Professional Review: 

School Library Journal (2012, 15 June) “Top 100 Picture Books #13.  American Book Sellers National Book Award in 1983.

[Review of the book Miss Rumphius, by B.C]

     Retrieved from http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/afuse8production/2012/06/15/top-100-picture-books-13-miss-rumphius-by-barbara-cooney/

This is such a great lesson book without being preachy. I remember my 20 year old son coming home and telling me all about this book after his teacher read it in class. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I knew all about this book and it was one of my favorite books too. Nothing would do but for us to go right to the store and buy lupine seeds to plant. Alas my thumb is not as green as Miss Rumphius’. My lupine seeds didn’t sprout, but it was okay I will never forget how excited my 9 year old son was to share that book with me. – Amy Miele

Horne, J.  (2001) Six Decades of Picture Book Illustration:  The Art of Barbara Cooney.

[Review of the book Miss Rumphius, by B.C].

Children’s Literature in Education, 32(1), 91-109  http://libproxy.library.unt.edu:2308/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1010382411727  

“In Miss Rumphius, it is not just the content of Cooney’s story and pictures that is is working to subvert the surface message of her style but the composition of her paintings as well.  Perry Nodelman comments on the usual way in which readers “read” the pictures in a picture book: “…the action usually moves from left to right.”  But in Miss Rumphius facing to the left in half of the book’s pictures.”

Library Use:  Miss Rumphius can be a great learning tool for kids that want to conquer their dreams.  The library can celebrate or have an activity day showing which children’s books conquer their dreams.  Miss Rumphius can also show that giving is an important issue whatever the cause.  A arts and craft can be made by making blue, purple, and rose-colored lupines out of construction paper.  To be more creative the youth librarian can pick out some flowers and preserve the flower in a picture frame.  The picture frame would be a foliage of the flower and can be given for grandparents day.

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