Barbara Cooney 1985
Barbara Cooney has illustrated many many books. I have only just begun my quest to collect every one of them! Miss Rumphius was the first one we got. I used to read it when I was babysitting as a teenager. It’s the story of Alice who travels the world, settles down in a little house by the sea, and must finally do something to make the world more beautiful. She ends up becoming known as the lupine lady for sowing lupines along the roads and hills of her village.
In the evening Alice sat on her grandfather's knee and listened to his stories of faraway places.