Written and Illustrated by: Barbara Cooney
Little Alice wants to be like her grandfather when she grows up and decides that like him she will travel to exotic places and then return home to live by the sea. But he gives her a third and much more difficult task: to make the world more beautiful. As she grows up Alice, now known as Miss Rumphius travels and makes friends all over the world. She eventually returns to a little house by the ocean. After enjoying the sight of her favorite flowers she comes up with a plan to make the world more beautiful.
Lil Bug says: Her back hurt her. She likes lupines. She grew flowers everywhere because she wanted to make the world more beautiful and the United States of America. Her niece was outside with her friends, and wanted to see her. And she looked over the hill and saw her flowers and she came back down the hill and over to the flowers. And her friends were talking about living by the sea when they are old.