Though Maine is not specifically mentioned, you *know* it's there. Miss Rumphius travels the world, but her last task is to make the world more beautiful. She does, and we learn how. This is a "children's" book, but one which adults will love, too. Why should kids get all the pretty illustrations and graceful sentiments?
The author, a writer for The Wall Street Journal, recounts his adventures over the course of an extended summer at his wife's family home on Mt. Desert Island off the coast of Maine. Especially fun to read if you have visited Acadia National Park or anywhere else on MDI.
A professor of zoology and his pet raven spend a year in what we might call "minimalist" surroundings. His phone was in a neighbor's privy! We can enjoy a full and fascinating year outdoors in Maine without leaving the comforts of our living rooms!