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Miss Rumphius

Sue Guiney writes fiction, poetry and plays, and has recently had her first novel, "Tangled Roots," published by bluechrome. Her poetry play, "Dreams of May," was also published by bluechrome and premièred in London's Pentameters Theatre. Sue is also Artistic Director of CurvingRoad, a not-for-profit organization that finds and launches new artists, with their first play being produced in the West End this autumn.

Sue's website is here and her blog here.

MissRumphius Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. Ok, it's a children's picture book, but don't let that fool you. It will teach you all you would ever need to know about dreams and responsibilities, art and beauty, and all in 30 pages of heartfelt prose and gorgeous watercolours.The NY Times Book Review summed it up well: "From the Victorian Rooms of childhood to the serene coastal views of old age this adventurous life is captured with love and delicate brush strokes, dedicated to the belief that life and art are inseparable." I read it over and over, and never tire of it. It also won the American Book Award back when it was first published in 1982, and they have pretty high standards, too.

  • Read what Wiki has to say about Miss Rumphius.
  • Wiki also has stuff to say about Barbara Cooney.
  • Here's a strange little site offering advice to using the book as a teaching aid.
  • You can grab a second hand copy from here.

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