My children grew up with a love of reading and a love of books. They had their favorites even as little kids. I can't remember how old they were when we got "The Lupine Lady", by Barbara Cooney, but it quickly became one of their favorites. We read it many, many times. I remember that we bought lupine seeds and tried to grow them in our little garden. But Ohio weather wasn't agreeable and we never did succeed. When I had grandchildren, they, too were read about Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady. Now I have a great granddaughter and am sure she's already heard about Miss Rumphius.
If you've never read the story, below is what I took off the internet:
She grew up into a lady who worked in a library, who helped children and grown-ups find books to answer their questions and take them to faraway places with the turn of a page.
She traveled, just as she told her grandfather she would.
And she came to live beside the sea, just as she said she would. But she still did not know what she could do to make the world a more beautiful place. So she planted some flowers and waited for inspiration.
It came in the form of a backache that kept her indoors in her bed. From her window she could see her garden, brimming with lupines of blue and pink and purple.They brought her such comfort.
And she was even more overjoyed when the next year, feeling much better and happily out walking the hills, she spied lupines that grew from seed blown from her garden. And then she knew what she could do to bring beauty to the world…
I never saw wild lupines when I lived in Ohio... it wasn't until we began to volunteer up here in northern Maine that I saw them in their natural setting. They are blooming in profusion now... on the hillsides and along the highway. I cannot look at them without thinking of my son and daughter and remembering how much we all loved reading that book and its wonderful illustrations. And I still believe that we must all do something to make the world more beautiful.
That's All For today!