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Elizabeth Kennedy

A Classic With A Good Message

By April 23, 2014

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Miss Rumphius picture book cover artWhenever I visit (or even think about) Deer Isle, Maine in early summer, I am reminded of the classic children's picture book Miss Rumphius. Why? That's the time of year the lupines are in bloom, and lupines play a key role in the story of Miss Alice Rumphius and her efforts to figure out a way to accomplish her grandfather's charge that she "do something to make the world more beautiful." The book's message - that each individual has a role to play in making our world better - is a good one and presented in this book in a way that even young children can grasp. At the end of the review by librarian Nancy Snyder, I have included photos of lupines and information about raising lupines, including the zones where they grow, in case you and your children are inspired to plant your own lupines after reading Miss Rumphius.

(Cover art courtesy of Penguin)

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