When Miss Rumphius was little, she would sit on her grandfather's lap and listen to his stories of faraway places-and she would say 'When I grow up, I too will go to faraway places, and when I grow old, I too will live beside the sea.' However, her grandfather gives her a third charge-to do something that makes the world more beautiful. And Alice grows up to do just that. She takes a job as a librarian far away from the salt air, travels to distant locations, and moves back by the sea. However, she knows she must still do something to make the world more beautiful. After watching the Lupines grow by her house, she has a wonderful idea.
A picture book full of meaning, the gorgeous paintings capture the very essence of New England by the sea and the many stops of her life along the way. Winner of the American Book Award. Hardcover.