Realistic (fiction), Trade Book, Lexile 680
A young niece tells the true story of her great-aunt Alice Rumphius, who made a childhood promise to do something to make the world more beautiful. The story describes how Miss Rumphius travels the world and has many adventures, only returning home after she hurts her back. Remembering her long-ago promise, Miss Rumphius plants colorful lupines everywhere. When they bloom, all the townspeople love the vibrant flowers blanketing their seaside town. By planting lupines, Miss Rumphius keeps her promise to her grandfather, literally making the world a more beautiful place.
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By Barbara Cooney
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