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Barbara Cooney (1917–2000)

Autor(a) de Miss Rumphius

31+ Works 9,445 Membros 269 Críticas 7 Favorited

About the Author

Barbara Cooney and her twin brother were born on 6 August 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, in the Bossert Hotel. She grew up on Long Island, but spent her summers as a child in Maine. Cooney attended a boarding school as a child. Cooney graduated from Smith College in 1938 and studied lithography and mostrar mais etching at Art Students League in New York. Just one year after graduation, she had her first commission, the illustrations for Ake and His World by Bertil Malmberg. Recalling an earlier trip to Germany before the war and the horrors that she had seen there, she felt compelled to join the Women's Army Corps during the summer of 1942. She enrolled in officer training and achieved the rank of second lieutenant, but was honorably discharged the following spring because of marriage pregnancy. The couple bought a farm in Pepperell, Massachusetts where they ran a children's camp during the summer months. By this time, Cooney was illustrating several books a year and wrote one now and then. It was for her adaptation of Chaucer's The Nun Priest's Tale that she won the prestigious Caldecott Medal, the highest honor given for illustrated children's books in the United States, in 1959. Twenty-one years later, Cooney again won the Caldecott Medal for Ox-Cart Man written by Donald Hall. In 1993, Ms. Cooney deposited more than 400 pieces of original art from 21 of her books in the Northeastern Children's Literature Collection, a part of the University Libraries' Archives and Special Collections. Works from this collection and from the artist's private collection are shown in this exhibit. Miss Rumphius won the National Book Award in 1983 and inspired the creation of the Maine Library Association's Lupine Award. Cooney died on 14 March, 2000 at the age of 83. Her last book was Basket Moon published in September of 1999. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Barbara Cooney

Miss Rumphius (1982) 6,358 exemplares
Island Boy (1988) 919 exemplares
Eleanor (1996) 915 exemplares
The Little Juggler (1961) 85 exemplares
Peter and the Wolf Pop-up Book (1985) 72 exemplares
Little Brother and Little Sister (1982) 56 exemplares
Mother Goose in Spanish (1968) 13 exemplares
A Little Prayer (1967) 11 exemplares

Associated Works

Little Women (1868) — Ilustrador, algumas edições26,412 exemplares
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1881) — Ilustrador, algumas edições3,881 exemplares
Ox-Cart Man (1979) — Ilustrador — 3,753 exemplares
Roxaboxen (1991) — Ilustrador — 2,552 exemplares
Bambi: A Life in the Woods (1923) — Ilustrador, algumas edições2,445 exemplares
Chanticleer and the Fox (1958) — Ilustrador — 1,601 exemplares
The Story of Holly and Ivy (1958) — Ilustrador, algumas edições1,310 exemplares
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story (1988) — Ilustrador — 1,171 exemplares
Christmas in the Barn (1952) — Ilustrador, algumas edições823 exemplares
The Big Book for Peace (1990) — Ilustrador — 821 exemplares
Wynken, Blynken, & Nod (1889) — Ilustrador, algumas edições792 exemplares
Kildee House (1949) — Ilustrador — 763 exemplares
Emily (1992) — Ilustrador — 744 exemplares
Seven Little Rabbits (1800) — Ilustrador — 622 exemplares
Letting Swift River Go (1992) — Ilustrador — 543 exemplares
Only Opal: The Diary of a Young Girl (1976) — Ilustrador, algumas edições510 exemplares
Snow-White and Rose-Red (1818) — Ilustrador, algumas edições454 exemplares
The Little Fir Tree (1954) — Ilustrador, algumas edições419 exemplares
Emma (1980) — Ilustrador — 408 exemplares
The Man Who Didn't Wash His Dishes (1950) — Ilustrador — 349 exemplares
The Crows of Pearblossom (1967) — Ilustrador, algumas edições348 exemplares
The Basket Moon (1999) — Ilustrador — 318 exemplares
Peacock Pie (1913) — Ilustrador, algumas edições316 exemplares
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (1870) — Ilustrador, algumas edições235 exemplares
American Folk Songs for Children (1948) — Ilustrador — 205 exemplares
Let's Keep Christmas (1837) — Ilustrador, algumas edições197 exemplares
Where Have You Been? (1878) — Ilustrador, algumas edições173 exemplares
Best in Children's Books 01 (1957) — Ilustrador — 151 exemplares
When the Sky is Like Lace (1975) — Ilustrador — 147 exemplares
The Book of Children's Classics (1997) — Ilustrador — 123 exemplares
Spirit Child: A Story of the Nativity (1984) — Ilustrador — 119 exemplares
Squawk to the Moon, Little Goose (1974) — Ilustrador — 119 exemplares
The Remarkable Christmas of the Cobbler's Sons (1994) — Ilustrador — 113 exemplares
Princess Tales (1971) — Ilustrador — 89 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Classic Children's Characters (1997) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
Best in Children's Books 21 (1959) — Ilustrador — 84 exemplares
Best in Children's Books 25 (1959) — Ilustrador — 83 exemplares
Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Spain (1963) — Ilustrador, algumas edições78 exemplares
Friends with God; stories and prayers of the Marshall family (1900) — Ilustrador, algumas edições78 exemplares
Herman the Great (1973) — Ilustrador — 70 exemplares
Just Plain Maggie (1950) — Ilustrador — 70 exemplares
Best in Children's Books 03 (1957) — Ilustrador — 68 exemplares
The Donkey Prince (1977) — Ilustrador — 63 exemplares
Down to the Beach (1973) — Ilustrador — 50 exemplares
The Best Christmas (1949) — Ilustrador, algumas edições44 exemplares
Peter's Long Walk (1953) — Ilustrador — 32 exemplares
Animal Folk Songs for Children (1950) — Ilustrador — 30 exemplares
Midsummer Magic: A Garland Of Stories, Charms, and Recipes (1977) — Ilustrador — 23 exemplares
Demeter and Persephone: Homeric Hymn Number Two (1972) — Ilustrador — 22 exemplares
Away We Go!: 100 Poems for the Very Young (1956) — Ilustrador — 22 exemplares
The House Mouse (1973) — Ilustrador — 21 exemplares
Read Me Another Story (1949) — Ilustrador — 20 exemplares
Read Me More Stories (1951) — Ilustrador — 20 exemplares
Christmas Folk (1969) — Ilustrador — 19 exemplares
"I am cherry alive," the little girl sang (1979) — Ilustrador — 15 exemplares
Katie's Magic Glasses (1965) — Ilustrador — 14 exemplares
Hermes, Lord of Robbers: Homeric Hymn Number Four (1971) — Ilustrador — 14 exemplares
Dionysos and the Pirates: Homeric Hymn Number Seven (1970) — Ilustrador — 14 exemplares
Pepper (1952) — Ilustrador — 12 exemplares
The Brookline Trunk (2005) — Ilustrador, algumas edições11 exemplares
Three Little Dachshunds (1963) — Ilustrador — 8 exemplares
The Sad Story of the Little Bluebird and the Hungry Cat (1975) — Ilustrador — 8 exemplares
Yours with Love, Kate (1952) — Ilustrador — 5 exemplares
Grandfather Whiskers, M.D., a Graymouse story — Ilustrador, algumas edições1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Local de falecimento
Damariscotta, Maine, USA
Locais de residência
Long Island, New York, USA
Maine, USA
Smith College (History)
children's book author
children's book illustrator
Murchie, Guy (husband)

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Barbara Cooney was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her father was a stockbroker and her mother was an artist who encouraged Barbara's talent for art. She attended private schools and graduated from Smith College before briefly attending art school in New York. A year later, she got her first commission: the illustrations for Ake and His World (1940) by Bertil Malmberg. During World War II, Barbara served in the Women’s Army Corps and married Guy Murchie in 1944. They had two children. The couple later divorced and Barbara remarried in 1949 to Charles T. Porter, a physician, with whom she had two children. In the course of her long career, Barbara Cooney illustrated more than 100 books. After receiving her second Caldecott award, she began to write books as well. In her final years, she lived in a house in Maine overlooking the sea.



Signed edition
RCornell | 49 outras críticas | Oct 19, 2023 |
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.
PlumfieldCH | 168 outras críticas | Sep 21, 2023 |
One of my favorite books as a child and potentially my first role-model. I still go crazy every time I find a hillside full of lupines.
Kiramke | 168 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |
I was super duper skeptical of this book being my upcoming My First Books selection....and while I am unsure if I will use it in the actual storytime, I found this book BEAUTIFUL in its illustrations.

I love lupine. It's a favorite around the mountains. So scattering lupine around the oceans, oh the beauty! Leaving the world a more beautiful place than we left it. Making a difference. These are great life lessons for all readers. Miss Rumphius had seen the world but in the end, she made home a destination in and of itself. THIS is important to remember as we still live in Covid times. Home can be beautiful too.… (mais)
msgabbythelibrarian | 168 outras críticas | Jun 11, 2023 |



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