Tomas and the Galapagos Adventure
( Ages 4 to 6)
By : Carolyn Lunn (Author) & Ashley Rades (Illustrator)
Publisher : Amberjack Publishing ( June 2016)
Tomas lives in the South American land of Ecuador, and dreams of becoming the best cowboy in the rodeo. He sets off out into the sunny mountain lands on his horse "Bonito". They gallop across fields, rivers and banana plantations.
This is a young boy`s adventure through the beautiful South American countryside, which ends as he falls off the horse back and hits his head on a rock. But another adventure starts off as in his concussion, he travels into a wonderful dreamland!!
Tomas sails far away into Galapagos Islands, riding a giant green sea turtle through the deep sea waters passing a school of Hammerhead sharks. In the beach he join some pirates on their picnic but his joyous times in the Galapagos end as they see the fiery red and orange river of lava start to flow down rapidly. Tomas runs as fast as he could.....As the sun sets, on Bonito`s back he returns home to a loving mama and a warm plate of "Langoustines"!! Colorful and clear illustrations compliment the story well.
A simple adventure which lacks originality but reveals some interesting information about the nature around exotic Galapagos Islands and about lifestyles in the South American countryside. Helpful in awakening curiosity in children. The book offers a separate page with some interesting facts about Ecuador & Galapagos and a Spanish vocabulary.