As a child, Miss Rumphius dreams of traveling to faraway places. Her grandfather assures her that this is possible, but also advises her to do something to make the world more beautiful. As an old lady, Miss Rumphius returns to her home by the sea, but realizes she has yet to fulfill her grandfather's wish. Inspired by her garden, Miss Rumphius creates a world of loveliness for those who live nearby.
Though she came from a wealthy and privileged family, Eleanor Roosevelt grew up in a cheerless household that left her lonely and shy. Years passed before Eleanor began to discover in herself the qualities of intelligence, compassion, and strength that made her a remarkable woman. In Eleanor, two-time Caldecott Medal winner Barbara Cooney paints a meticulously researched, lushly detailed picture of Eleanor's childhood world--but most importantly, she captures the essence of the little girl whose indomitable spirit would make her one of the greatest and most beloved first ladies of all time.
"Matthias is the youngest son in a family of 12 children who live with their parents on Tibbetts Island, Maine . . . When he is old enough to leave home, Matthias sails around the world, but always knows where his heart lies . . . a cherishable glimpse of a bygone time."--Publishers Weekly. Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Full-color illustrations.