Author/Illustrator: Barbara Cooney
Publication Year: 1982
Brief Summary: Alice Rumphius dreams of traveling the world and living by the sea when she’s ready to settle, but her grandfather tells her she must do one more thing: to make the world more beautiful.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- National Book Award, 1983 Winner Children’s Picture Books (Hardcover) United States
- Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 ; Bank Street College of Education
- Children’s Books on Aging, 2004 ; ALSC American Library Association
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Educators’ Top 100 Children’s Books, 2007 ; NEA Survey
- Growing Good Kids-Excellence in Children’s Literature Awards, 2005 ; Junior Master Gardener Program/American Horticulture Society ; Classic
- Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
- California Young Reader Medal, 1987; Nominee
- Golden Sower Award, 1985; Nominee
- Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1985; Nominee
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
- Plant life cycle: how did the lupines come to grow over the hill where Miss Rumphius did not plant. How does a seed travel? Read alongside A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston and learn more about seeds.
- What would you do to make the world more beautiful? Write or draw about your idea. How are some steps you can make that happen?
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Science: seeds, plant life cycle
- Text-to-text connections
- Text-to-self connections
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. N/A
Accessed at: Personal Library