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Miss Rumphius

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Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

From 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.

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✒️ Author & illustrator

Author: Barbara Cooney

Website for Barbara Cooney

Other books by Barbara Cooney

The author is also the illustrator.

📖 Topics from the book:

Visit each topic page for downloads, lessons, etc. specific to that topic.

📂 Units, Activities, and Resources for Miss Rumphius

Making Picture Books:
Profile of Barbara Cooney from the Horn Book website

Miss Rumphius Worksheet

Teaching Children Philosophy - Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius - Web English Teacher

Miss Rumphius Lapbook & Notebook Printables

In full bloom
This mini-unit uses the wonderful story of Miss Rumphius by Barbara Clooney. Miss Rumphius travels to faraway places and makes the world more beautiful by planting her favorite seeds. The book sets the stage for activities relating to core curriculum objectives to be implemented into the learning environment, using technology tools and applications to create student products. (Grade 3) Accessed through Wayback Archives

Lapbook Example
From Homeschooling on a Wing and a Prayer blodspot.

Why are we featuring this book?

Miss Rumphius is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for Miss Rumphius. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

As featured on

US News & World Report, Forbes, KQED, HuffPost,, Money, Healthline Parenthood, Family Education, Parents, Scholastic