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Title: Miss Rumphius
Author and Illustrator: Barbara Cooney
Publisher: Puffin (November 6, 1985)
Source: We Give Books
Ages: 4 - 7
The Lupine Lady was not always an old woman, a long time ago, she was a young girl named Alice. She loved spending time with her grandfather, an artist, and in the evenings he would tell her stories of is travels and faraway places.
Alice dreamed of living by the sea and traveling to distant places, but her dear grandfather told her that there was a third thing that she must do. Alice must also make the world a more beautiful place.
That is quite an undertaking for a young girl, but as she grew, she never forgot her dreams and desires. Oh, the adventures that Alice had, but now it was time for her third promise. She would find a way to make the world a more beautiful place.
Quite by accident, Miss Rumphius stumbled onto to her way of accomplishing her task. The people called her a crazy old lady, but that did not matter. She knew how she was going to achieve her third and most challenging promise of all.
Instilling dreams and aspirations into a young child and watching them flower is a gift to everyone that they will meet. Read this book to a child and at the end, tell them that there is one last thing that they too much do – make the world a more beautiful place.