Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is a treasured book in our household. I grew up with a paperback of it, and it wasn't going to last the years ahead. A hardcover book was purchased a few years ago. The artwork for this book was created with colored pencils. This is a great book to explore around Earth Day.

The story takes you through Miss Rumphius' years as a child to an older woman. 

Her grandfather encourages her to go to faraway places and find something for herself to do to "make the world more beautiful". The story takes you through her journey to get there.

Miss Rumphius doesn't feel good before she finds out how to make the world more beautiful. Look at that satisfied cat.

When she feels better, she does find something to make the world more beautiful.

I wonder who Hilda is.


I am going to begin something new on this blog. I began this blog with the purpose of recording processes, projects and resources. I find books are just another component to that. I have begun cleaning out some things around the home. Our books certainly are one of the things we love and have many of. Plus this way when I am searching my mind for that book "that has that thing about that place and has great examples of stuff" I can refer to it here. Know what I mean? So let's begin.

Press Here by Herve Tullet is a wonderful interactive book for young kids.  

It's a pretty exciting book, so you might want to suggest taking turns when reading it to multiple kids.

This book is a great example of something that gets you immediately invested in what is going to happen with these dots on the page.

This book is also a great introduction to the primary colors yellow, blue and red.

This has become a go to gift giving book for those I am sure don't have it. It does not disappoint!