As a retired school librarian, I read Miss Rumphius and the Oxcart Man to many children. Now I am starting a Little Free Library in my yard, and Barbara Cooney’s books will be in it. I may be guilty of scattering some wildflower seeds on my walks. . .Don’t tell.
What a wonderful tribute to Barbara Cooney. As a retired teacher, I cherish her books, especially Miss Rumphius, and introduced her works to hundreds of young children in my classroom over the years. Now I am reading them again to my young grandchildren. Thank you for recognizing this remarkable woman.
Barbara Cooney was a local treasure up here on the coast of Maine. She is greatly missed, but her legacy of literature and illustrations live on, to enrich the generations to come...and to make the world more beautiful!
Love Miss Rumphius so much! I keep finding people who have not met her and have to give them a copy -- children and adults! I used to give it to graduating kindergarteners -- they "will alwats remain in my heart."
I’ve been reading Miss Rumphius to students for 35 years! We discuss and write how they will make the world a more beautiful place.
For many years as a school librarian I WAS Miss Rumphius/Miss Ryle.....traveling to far-away lands, becoming a librarian, single until my late-30s, loving my Texas bluebonnets and mountain lupines! 😉
Love Barbara Cooney stories! I think that’s something I miss the most, sharing wonderful literature with the children!
I met Barbara Cooney when I was 11 years old. One of the highlights of my childhood!
Such a great tribute to her-I must read more of her books! Thank you!
I just bought another copy of Miss Rumphius for our library. I figured we needed a new shiny copy.
Tim Hayduk, I thought of you when I read this article. ❤️