Miss Rumphius

Author/Illustrator: Barbara Cooney
Publisher/ Publication Date: First published by Viking Penguin Inc. 1982; Puffin Books, New York 1985
Awards: American Book Award, National Book Award 1983
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Gr. K-4

Overview: A girl tells of her aunt who traveled the world, lived by the sea, and made the world more beautiful. This story touches on the idea of something being passed down through generations and encourages readers to “make the world more beautiful.”

Activity: Brainstorm with the class ways to “make the world more beautiful” and work towards doing one or more of these things either as a class or on their own.

Reviewer’s Name: Laura Messerly