Miss Rumphius, written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, is a lovely story with lovely illustrations. A young girl, Alice, lives with her grandfather in a city by the sea. She watches the wharves and ships from the front stoop. Her grandfather is an artist and sometimes Alice helps him in his studio. Alice tells her grandfather that when she grows up, she will go to faraway places like him, and then live by the sea when she grows old. Alice's grandfather tells her that is good, but she must also make the world a more beautiful place. Alice carries that with her and figures out how to do that when she becomes old and is living in her cottage by the sea.
Miss Rumphius was a recipient of the American Book Award.
Story and Pictures by Barbara Cooney