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RAR Special Edition: The Woman Who Gave us Miss Rumphius

RAR Special Edition: The Woman Who Gave us Miss Rumphius

Update: 2020-01-06


I want to introduce you to a remarkable woman. She won two Caldecott Awards, illustrated more than 100 books during her career, raised four children, and lived life with unique zest and liveliness.

You may recognize her illustrations in any of the following books, including my own favorite, Miss Rumphius, and one of her Caldecott winners, The Ox-Cart Man.

Barbara Cooney was a gift to the world, and in this special edition podcast, I want to introduce you to the woman behind these magnificent books.

In this episode, you'll hear:

how this mother of four managed to illustrate over 100 booksstories about what it was like growing up with Barbara as a mother (listen in for roosters in the kitchen and mice in the car!)how Barbara made sure her legacy and love for books would continue after her death in 2000

Think you love Miss Rumphius? Just wait till you meet the woman who wrote her onto the page.

You'll love these books even more after you meet the one and only Barbara Cooney.

Listener Guide

Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

5:19 Claire Danes reads Miss Rumphius8:25 Knowing beauty, sharing beauty 12:03 The Ox-Cart Man - 'so exquisite' 13:01 Roosters and mice14:20 The Blue Hornet18:08 'An astoundingly good mother' 19:58 A turquoise tunic and hot pink silk pants21:40 'She opened my eyes to beauty in this world'22:48 Doing something meaningful - a new library24:36 Barbara Cooney's legacy lives on ...

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RAR Special Edition: The Woman Who Gave us Miss Rumphius

RAR Special Edition: The Woman Who Gave us Miss Rumphius

Sarah Mackenzie