A little girl named Alice “sat on her grandfather’s knee and listened to his stories of faraway places.” Alice too wanted to travel to faraway places but her grandfather admonished her “That is all very well, Little Alice, but you must do something more to make the world more beautiful.”
Thus begins this endearing story and a seemingly personal story by the author-illustrator Barbara Cooney, Caldecott medal recipient. Soon Little Alice is all grown up and now she is Aunt Alice-- but people called her Miss Rumphius. Her adventures continue and she is “almost perfectly happy,” but there is still one more thing I have to do…” See if you can find the exquisite page where she fulfills grandfather’s wish. Whether planting hopes and dreams for little ones while cuddled on a lap or actually planting seeds alongside a loving parent or grandparent, this lovely picture book is meant to be shared among generations.
I’m so proud of you--have a wonderful trip as you travel to exciting faraway places then come back and share your stories.
This book reminds me of you and the times we shared together---I’m so glad you are making this trip. Be safe and bring stories back to share.
Your green thumb makes this part of the world a more beautiful place!
With thanks, Kathy
Gift with: paints and brush set, seashell, or memento from a trip.
Gift to: a child, friend, gardener, graduate, teacher, or someone who is studying abroad.
Occasion: birthday, graduation, visit with a relative.
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches