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The poem on our front cover is taken from Figgie Hobbin by Charles Causley, with illustrations by Gerald Rose, re-issued by Macmillan (0 333 12078 7, £7.50) in May 1990. Figgie Hobbin was first published in 1970 and has remained in print ever since. We are grateful to Macmillan for help in using this illustration.
Miss Rumphius, the Lupin Lady, is Alice's elderly great-aunt. As a young girl she made herself three promises - to travel the world and, in her old age, to live close to the sea like her grandfather. The third promise, to make the world more beautiful, was more difficult to fulfil, but she achieves this with great effect. An enchanting book that transcends the boundaries of picture and story book. The detail in each picture not only enhances each page, but adds to the meaning of the text.