Wednesday, November 26, 2008

miss rumphius

I will sing the praises of a book each Wednesday--either a children's book (the only type of book I get to read regularly), a cookbook, or occasionally even a novel. My mom (nana!) is a children's librarian, so at some point I'll list her must-reads, about which she is passionate. But today is one of my own dear favorites. This old book was bought at a library book sale, so it has that washed-out library binding, from many loving reads.

Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius is an inspiration for any artist, small or large, as the overriding theme of this book is making an aesthetic contribution to our world. The images transport you to coastal Maine and all over the map, and the text is simple and easy to connect with. Here's a little excerpt:
"That is all very well, little Alice," said her grandfather, "but there is a third thing you must do."
"What is that?" asked Alice.
"You must do something to make the world more beautiful," said her grandfather.
"All right," said Alice. But she did not know what that could be.

Click here to find a copy for yourself:
Miss Rumphius

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