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Barbara Cooney (1917–2000)

Autor(a) de Miss Rumphius

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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 de Barbara Cooney

Miss Rumphius (1982) 6,419 cópias
Roxaboxen (1991) — Ilustrador — 2,583 cópias
Island Boy (1988) 928 cópias
Eleanor (1996) 924 cópias
The Little Juggler (1961) 86 cópias
Christmas (1967) 44 cópias
Mother Goose in Spanish (1968) 13 cópias

Associated Works

Little Women (1868) — Ilustrador, algumas edições26,589 cópias
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1881) — Ilustrador, algumas edições3,916 cópias
Ox-Cart Man (1979) — Ilustrador — 3,794 cópias
Bambi: A Life in the Woods (1923) — Ilustrador, algumas edições2,457 cópias
Chanticleer and the Fox (1958) — Ilustrador — 1,622 cópias
The Story of Holly and Ivy (1958) — Ilustrador, algumas edições1,329 cópias
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story (1988) — Ilustrador — 1,195 cópias
The Big Book for Peace (1990) — Ilustrador — 829 cópias
Christmas in the Barn (1952) — Ilustrador, algumas edições827 cópias
Wynken, Blynken, & Nod (1889) — Ilustrador, algumas edições801 cópias
Kildee House (1949) — Ilustrador — 767 cópias
Emily (1992) — Ilustrador — 752 cópias
Seven Little Rabbits (1800) — Ilustrador — 627 cópias
Letting Swift River Go (1992) — Ilustrador — 550 cópias
Only Opal: The Diary of a Young Girl (1976) — Ilustrador, algumas edições519 cópias
Snow-White and Rose-Red (1818) — Ilustrador, algumas edições460 cópias
The Little Fir Tree (1954) — Ilustrador, algumas edições427 cópias
Emma (1980) — Ilustrador — 409 cópias
The Man Who Didn't Wash His Dishes (1950) — Ilustrador — 354 cópias
The Crows of Pearblossom (1967) — Ilustrador, algumas edições348 cópias
Peacock Pie: A Book of Rhymes (1913) — Ilustrador, algumas edições321 cópias
The Basket Moon (1999) — Ilustrador — 320 cópias
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (1870) — Ilustrador, algumas edições236 cópias
American Folk Songs for Children (1948) — Ilustrador — 206 cópias
Let's Keep Christmas (1837) — Ilustrador, algumas edições197 cópias
Where Have You Been? (1878) — Ilustrador, algumas edições176 cópias
Best in Children's Books 01 (1957) — Ilustrador — 153 cópias
When the Sky is Like Lace (1975) — Ilustrador — 148 cópias
The Book of Children's Classics (1997) — Ilustrador — 124 cópias
Squawk to the Moon, Little Goose (1974) — Ilustrador — 119 cópias
Spirit Child: A Story of the Nativity (1984) — Ilustrador — 119 cópias
The Remarkable Christmas of the Cobbler's Sons (1994) — Ilustrador — 116 cópias
The Penguin Book of Classic Children's Characters (1997) — Contribuinte — 90 cópias
Princess Tales (1971) — Ilustrador — 89 cópias
Best in Children's Books 21 (1959) — Ilustrador — 87 cópias
Best in Children's Books 25 (1959) — Ilustrador — 85 cópias
Friends with God; stories and prayers of the Marshall family (1900) — Ilustrador, algumas edições79 cópias
Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Spain (1963) — Ilustrador, algumas edições77 cópias
Herman the Great (1973) — Ilustrador — 71 cópias
Just Plain Maggie (1950) — Ilustrador — 70 cópias
Best in Children's Books 03 (1957) — Ilustrador — 69 cópias
The Donkey Prince (1977) — Ilustrador — 65 cópias
Down to the Beach (1973) — Ilustrador — 49 cópias
The Best Christmas (1949) — Ilustrador, algumas edições44 cópias
Peter's Long Walk (1953) — Ilustrador — 32 cópias
Animal Folk Songs for Children (1950) — Ilustrador — 30 cópias
Away We Go!: 100 Poems for the Very Young (1956) — Ilustrador — 22 cópias
Demeter and Persephone: Homeric Hymn Number Two (1972) — Ilustrador — 22 cópias
The House Mouse (1973) — Ilustrador — 21 cópias
Read Me Another Story (1949) — Ilustrador — 20 cópias
Read Me More Stories (1951) — Ilustrador — 20 cópias
Christmas Folk (1969) — Ilustrador — 19 cópias
"I am cherry alive," the little girl sang (1979) — Ilustrador — 15 cópias
Dionysos and the Pirates: Homeric Hymn Number Seven (1970) — Ilustrador — 14 cópias
Hermes, Lord of Robbers: Homeric Hymn Number Four (1971) — Ilustrador — 14 cópias
Katie's Magic Glasses (1965) — Ilustrador — 14 cópias
Pepper (1952) — Ilustrador — 12 cópias
The Brookline Trunk (2005) — Ilustrador, algumas edições11 cópias
The Sad Story of the Little Bluebird and the Hungry Cat (1975) — Ilustrador — 8 cópias
Three Little Dachshunds (1963) — Ilustrador — 8 cópias
Yours with Love, Kate (1952) — Ilustrador — 6 cópias
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 1, September 1980 — Ilustrador — 1 exemplar(es)
Grandfather Whiskers, M.D., a Graymouse story — Ilustrador, algumas edições1 exemplar(es)


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)
Pequena biografia
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.



Award-winning American children's author and artist Barbara Cooney retells the medieval French legend of The Juggler of Notre Dame in this lovely little picture book, first published in 1961. Trained to juggle and entertain by his father, Barnaby was left an orphan at the age of ten, and used his only skill in order to survive. But when winter comes and audiences at markets and fairs disappear, the little juggler is not sure what to do. Fortunately a monk sees him performing one wintry day, and brings him back to the abbey, where he is given food and shelter. Keenly conscious that he is giving nothing to God, when all those around him are, Barnaby decides to perform for the Virgin Mary and Christ Child in their chapel, leading to a wondrous miracle one Christmas Eve night...

I grew up reading and loving Tomie dePaola's wonderful picture book, The Clown of God, which adapts this story and gives it an Italian setting, and never knew about its French origins until I discovered Barbara Cooney's The Little Juggler. How glad I am to have done so, both because The Clown of God is one of my favorites, and I appreciate having a retelling of the original story it is based upon, and because this is simply a beautiful book, in its own right. The story is beautiful—poignant and engrossing—and the artwork simply gorgeous! I appreciated the background given about the story in the brief author's note, the fact that it was first written down in the 13th century, in an Old French manuscript now held by the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal in Paris—there is an image of the manuscript on the back cover of the book—and that it has been retold many times since. I think I will have to reread The Clown of God now, and perhaps also track down Violet Moore Higgins' 1917 The Little Juggler and Other French Tales Retold. As for this one, it is highly recommended to anyone seeking wonderful medieval tales of faith and miracles, as well as to fellow fans of the artist.
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AbigailAdams26 | outras 4 resenhas | May 12, 2024 |
Signed edition
RCornell | outras 49 resenhas | 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 | outras 168 resenhas | Sep 21, 2023 |
This is a book for every child, but especially ones who live in the desert. The plot isn't complex: a group of children make an imaginary town. Playtime like this is sorely needed for our children, but nowadays, children don't always know what to do in the unstructured playtimes. And of course, the Barbara Cooney art is fantastic.
mebrock | outras 42 resenhas | Aug 1, 2023 |



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