Miss Rumphius - Study Guide

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Click here for a sample section of the Miss Rumphius Study Guide!       Check out the E-Guide version, available immediately!         Get the book Miss Rumphius HERE

National Book Award 1983, National Education Assoc. Teacher’s Top 100, School Library Journal Top 100 picture books. 1989 Lupine Award Maine Library Assoc., Caldecott winning author/illustrator,  United States Author Nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year

Miss Rumphius is the life story of Miss Alice Rumphius, otherwise known as the Lupine Lady, as told by her young niece and namesake, Alice. When she was young, Miss Rumphius set two goals for herself: she would follow in her grandfather's footsteps and travel to faraway places, and then she would settle down in a house by the sea. Her grandfather tells her there is one more thing she must do. She must do something to make the world more beautiful. As an adult, Alice does travel the world and live in a house by the sea, but she does not know how she can make the world more beautiful. Then, an unexpected discovery gives her a wonderful idea.

Through Barbara Cooney's tender story of travel, beauty, and flowers, students will learn:

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques:  Plurals, illustrations, in context.

Moral Lessons and Character Values: Setting goals, planning, God is in control, honor parents and grandparents, hospitality, stewardship of our world. 

Activities and Writing Assignments: Plants and seeds, garden, map, heritage, painting, geography, gifts, cooking, art projects, travel, field trip, service project.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

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Recommended Grade Level:
Maine, USA Early 1900s
Workbook ISBN:
Study Guide Author:
Dory Zinkand
for the book by:
Barbara Cooney
Study Guide Page Count:
43 pages