Miss Rumphius is hands-down our favorite book by the beloved Barbara Cooney (c. 1982). Oh, the illustrations are simply enchanting.
Whether you're drawn to Miss Rumphius' tales of adventure or your drawn to her love of lupines (those beautiful flowers you see on the cover), you're bound to find something appealing in this story:
Great-aunt Alice was once a little girl who loved the sea,
longed to visit faraway places,
and wished to do something to make the world more beautiful (publishers).