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Miss Rumphius: Story and Pictures (Picture Puffin Books) [Paperback]

Barbara Cooney
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23 Jun 2010 Picture Puffin Books
Now children can enjoy popular, best-selling Puffin books recorded on high-quality cassette tapes. They can read along with the book or just listen and enjoy the lively narration--complete with music and sound effects throughout each and every story. Pre-readers will love looking at all the wonderful illustrations as they learn to recognize words and expand their vocabulary. Entertaining and educational, "Puffin Storytapes" give children a great headstart in reading!
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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Non Basic Stock Line; Reprint edition (23 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140505393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140505399
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 25.4 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the evening Alice sat on her grandfather's knee and listened to his stories of faraway places. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Answers THAT question from a child 25 Aug 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
Many children ask, in various ways, the meaning of life. And, as adults, we stutter and try to cough out some semblance of a meaningful answer that the child will understand. When my daughter was three, she literally asked, "Why are we here?" I had no idea how to answer.
Almost on cue, we read this book a week later, and it answered the question perfectly. This is the story of a woman named Miss Rumphuis. As a child, she sat on her grandfather's knee and posed the very question as my daughter. His answer was one of the most simple, yet meaningful that I've ever read. I can't imagine anyone in this world arguing against it, no matter what religion (or non-religion), political persuasion, or culture.
The answer provides the impetus as to how Miss Rumphuis led the rest of her life – a rich one indeed. The story is wonderful for children, yet quite thought-provoking for adults.
This book may appear to be nothing more than a lovely illustrated child's book containing a heartfelt tale. Without a doubt, the illustrations are rich; Ms. Cooney is an extremely talented woman. However, I also believe its message (which is never, ever preachy) is extremely powerful. As such, it is my favorite children's book, and I think every child (and adult) on this earth should read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great book for little girls 26 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
This is fantastic story if you're looking for a positive role model for your little girl, that we have gone back to again and again. Highly recommend
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Bought for my 4 year old daughter, I am sure she will love it. I have been trying to find books with the main character being a girl and this is lovely and a very sweet touching story.
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