I mentioned last week that I am beginning a list of my favorite picture books of all time. Barbara Cooney’s Miss Rumphius is the book that inspired me to do this. This book is a perfect, heart-warming, gentle story about a girl who grows to be a woman and finally makes her mark on the world. Miss Alice Rumphius achieves the two things she desired to do with her life before she reached her latter years, but it is only when she is past her prime that she finally fulfills the comission that her grandfather gave her. What is it? I won’t spoil the beautiful message of this book for those who haven’t read it, but truly this one is not to be missed. It is heart-warming and inspiring for every age.
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