Miss Rumphius

by Barbara Cooney | Children's Books |
ISBN: 0140505393 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingCordelia-annewing of Someplace, Georgia USA on 12/3/2005
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingCordelia-annewing from Someplace, Georgia USA on Saturday, December 03, 2005
I adore this beautiful little book, dedicated by author Barbara Cooney to St. Nicohlas, patron saint of children, sailors and maidens. St. Nicholas' day is coming, December 6, and it seems like a good time to release this beautiful, beautiful children's book that is like a parable for bookcrossers. The maiden Miss Rumphius has a lovely childhood and adulthood. Among other things, she works in a library and travels the world. The question that she faces is how to make the world more beautiful. There's a wondrous answer and a plea for us all to consider this. This arrived too late for the Girls 2 Women Bookbox that was here in my house for a month. I'm sending this to guinaveve because I released two of her books from that bookbox. I hope that she and a young soul who likes to wear ribbons will particularly enjoy the story. I'm releasing it in honor of St. Nicholas who is very much with us here in the USA in his brash American, commercialized guise. I hope that we can all remember the true spirit of giving and of beauty that his presence in this season is really about.

Journal Entry 2 by wingCordelia-annewing at Surprise Bookbox in Joyful, Christmas -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Released 14 yrs ago (12/6/2005 UTC) at Surprise Bookbox in Joyful, Christmas -- Controlled Releases



I'm releasing this book dedicated to St. Nicholas to celebrate his feast day!

Journal Entry 3 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Monday, December 19, 2005
I love the cover art on this book. I can't wait to read this book with all three of my children. I think they will all love it, my daughter in particular.
Thank you for sending the box, and with so much to share with my children. Christmas break starts in a few days. It will give us time to enjoy these books while they are out of school.

Journal Entry 4 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Wednesday, December 21, 2005
I read this to the kids yesterday and they totally loved it, as did I. Both the illustrations and story were so wonderful. The premise of the story is so beautiful.
My oldest son noticed as I was reading near the end, that Miss Rumphius had momentos of all her travels sitting around her home. The kids had a good time picking out things from her previous trips that were sitting around her house when she settled down by the sea.
This is going to be one of those books I keep an eye out for when at the bookstores and sales. I would love to find copies to pass on to my kids' teachers to share in the classroom.
I am going to make this copy PC for now as I can't part with it. We will definately be reading it over and over.

Journal Entry 5 by jsport on Thursday, February 28, 2008
Mom has been reading this to us for awhile now. We like it. She said she was going to share it with some other people now and we should get it back later.

Journal Entry 6 by jsissy on Thursday, February 28, 2008
I read this book and my mom reads it to us. It stays in my little brother's room. We are going to share it and get it back later.

Journal Entry 7 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Thursday, February 28, 2008
I am putting together a bookbox. I need a book that will stay in the box so that the participants and I can keep track of the box. Because I want to share this book anyway, I have chosen it to be that book. THIS BOOK IS TO REMAIN IN THE BOX THROUGHOUT UNTIL IT COMES BACK TO ME. It is to be journaled when the box is received. When the box is sent on controlled release notes should be made for it or a journal entry to indicate it is moving again.

The box is for books that are Well Traveled. Each book in the box must have at least 3 journalers. The final journaler (the person participating in the box) must have read the book all the way through. PLEASE KEEP THE BOX NO MORE THAN 2 WEEKS. WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE BOX, PLEASE PM THE NEXT PERSON AFTER YOU IMMEDIATELY FOR THEIR ADDRESS. This will save time in case there is a delay in getting the address or PM problems.

This is the participant list in order:
ariesgirl29 Tennessee
jenptcfan Arkansas
elizardbreath Oregon
Bluestocking88 Washington~~~BOX IS HERE~~~

These are the books I have included in the box:
-The Disappearance by Philip Wylie
-The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble
*-Her by Laura Zigman
-Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
-The Concubine's Children by Denise Chong
-Breast: Our Most Public Parts by Meema Spadola
-My Heart May be Broken, but My Hair Still Looks Great by Dixie Cash
-The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
*-Secret Men's Business by John Marsden
-Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
And to remain with the box: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Released 11 yrs ago (2/29/2008 UTC) at by postal services in Sent by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases



I mailed this off today inside my bookbox.

Please be sure to keep this book in the box as it travels so that we can keep track of the box.


Journal Entry 9 by ariesgirl29 on Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Got this today in the mail - thanks for including me! I'll be getting this box back out shortly.

Taking out:
The Concubine's Children
My Heart May Be Broken...
Ella Minnow Pea

Putting In:

Stranger in a Strange Land
The Namesake
Locked in Time
Sea Glass
Riding in Cars With Boys

PM's Trekwoman and will get this back out soon...

03.08.08 - Went in mail today - DC 03063030000267452553

Journal Entry 10 by trekwoman from -- Somewhere in the state --, California USA on Thursday, March 13, 2008
What a darling book! I have been waiting to read a copy of this ever since I saw it advertised in Chinaberry catalog (years ago). I love it already- and will put it back in the box before sending it off to everyone else.

Additionally, I have removed:

"The Reading Group"- Elizabeth Nobel
"The Namesake"- Jhumpa Lahiri
"Second Glance"- J. Picoult

and am including:

"Fairacre Festival"- Miss Read
"Miss Clare Remembers"- Miss Read
"Toscanini's Fumble and Other Tales of Clinical Neurology"- Harold A. Klawans
"The Jane Austen Book Club"- Karen Joy Fowler
"Gibraltar: A Novel"- Cami Tapley
"Finn: A Novel"- Matthew Olshan

Journal Entry 11 by trekwoman from -- Somewhere in the state --, California USA on Thursday, March 13, 2008
Such a very dear book. Every section had purpose and brilliance in it. There is not a person who couldn't learn something from Miss Rumphius's example. I must go to the bookstore for my own copy.


[BB]: Remaining with the Well-Traveled box.

Journal Entry 13 by jenptcfan from Mechanicsville, Virginia USA on Wednesday, March 19, 2008
This box was waiting for me when I got home from work today.

This particular book was very sweet. I'm glad that you included it.

Taking from the box:
The Good Earth
The Disappearance

Adding to the box:
The Robber Bride
Millicent Min, Girl Genius
The Worst Day of My Life, So Far
*The Complete Book of Candles -- please consider this a "bonus" book and feel free to remove it. It's BEAUTIFUL, but it's heavy. I just didn't want to wild release it because it already has 3 journalers.

I'll go PM the next participant for her address now and will have this back in the mail this week.

Journal Entry 14 by jenptcfan from Mechanicsville, Virginia USA on Friday, March 21, 2008
This box is on its way to Elizardbreath. The delivery confirmation # is 0307 0020 0002 3225 5654

Journal Entry 15 by wingelizardbreathwing from Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Wow! What a strange...unique mix of books are in this box! :) I found many that look good to me. This was one of them!


I just finished reading this to my kids. They really enjoyed it. We talked about what we would do to make the world more beautiful. All of the answers included flowers...except my 6-yr-old son's who thought silly string would make the world a little more cheery! :)

Releasing back into the book box to travel.

Journal Entry 17 by Bluestocking88 from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on Friday, April 11, 2008
What a darling book, and a great bookbox. I hope to get it moving again shortly.

Journal Entry 18 by Bluestocking88 from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on Friday, April 18, 2008
I have sent Mrs. Rumphius and her friends on to Ohio. The delivery confirmation number is 03080070000041633876.

I removed:
Nothing to Declare
Toscanini's Fumble
and The Worst Day of My Life, So Far

I added:
Sushi For Beginners
and Angela's Ashes.

I also removed Her and Secret Men's Business as RABCK's from guinaveve. Thanks! This was a fun box, thanks for letting me have a turn.

Journal Entry 19 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Friday, April 25, 2008
Hooray! The box (and this book) are home. I am so excited. I have looked through the books that came with the box and am eager to start reading. I was also surprised to get 3 extra books. I sent out 10 and got back 13, so that is a nice bonus.
Thanks to all who participated. I must say, this has been my most successful box so far. It moved along just as it was intended. I may do another box like this in a few months once I get some more books together that fit the theme and all who participated in this one are more than welcome to join in again.

I am cleaning up my BC shelf and making sure that what is on my online shelf is actually on my real life shelves. If this is a kids' book, my kids probably have it. If it is an adult book, I probably loaned it out and didn't get it back. Otherwise, I am just not sure.
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