Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, 30th Anniversary Edition Picture Book - Alder & Alouette

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, 30th Anniversary Edition

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A beloved classic is lovelier than ever! So much loved, another reprint run of this gorgeously and historically illustrated work has been released. 

Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication.

To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of two-time Caldecott winner Barbara Cooney's best-loved book, Viking has reoriginated the illustrations, going back to the original art to ensure state-of-the-art reproduction of Cooney's exquisite artwork. The art for Miss Rumphius has a permanent home in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.


  • E.B. White Read Aloud Award | Winner | 2012
  • Picture Bk Hall of Fame | 2012
  • National Book Awards | Winner | Picture Book (Hardcover) | 1983


  • Miss Rumphius
  • Written and Illustrated by Barbara Cooney.
  • Published by Viking Books for Young Readers; Reprinting Run of the 2012, 30th Anniversary Edition based on original art from November 8, 1982 release.
  • 0.5" H x 8.1" L x 10.2" W (0.75 lbs) 32 pages
  • Ages 5 to 8 years
  • Hardcover