Far Away Islands of Paradise

Far Away Islands of Paradise

by

LeCain Smith

Genre/s

Fiction, Children's Books, Action and Adventure

Publish Date

March 9, 2022

Short Description

Second in the series : The Amazing Adventures of the Sea Cat Chowder

After almost two years coastal cruising down the west coast of the Americas to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Chowder finds herself on the verge of venturing out on long ocean crossings through the South Pacific. With these crossings sometimes lasting over two weeks between landfalls at remote tropical islands, like the enchanted Easter Island, Chowder learns what it’s really like be an able-bodied ocean sailing sea cat.

In the following pages Chowder shares how she and the crew managed to handle two years of amazing experiences on land and at sea, while cruising with the trade winds through the South Pacific to New Zealand, venturing further through the volcanic islands of Melanesia, crossing the equator to Micronesia in the North Pacific Ocean, and voyaging back south through the Solomon and Coral Sea to Australia. Besides having a great time eating fresh fish, playing with birds, being surrounded by dolphins, finding wonderful scenery and wildlife, and watching local inhabitants practicing ancient traditional ceremonies, Chowder had to endure challenging situations involving invasive insects, flying fish, lightning strikes, volcanic eruptions, rough seas, cyclones, and swimming in sea water. However, Captain Lee and mate Sheila always tried to keep a watchful eye on her. Plenty of amazing adventures to purr about!

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Description

Most cats don’t dream about sailing around the world. Neither did Chowder. But in the 1990’s, she somewhat reluctantly joined her caregivers, Captain Lee and mate Sheila, on a voyage that lasted six years, covering over 45,000 miles while visiting foreign lands and remote paradise islands.

As an educational series of unique adventure stories full of excitement, unexpected dangers, amazing encounters, and joyful moments all based on true events, The Amazing Adventures of the Sea Cat Chowder offers plenty of entertainment, as the sea cat Chowder provides her own viewpoint of all her experiences during a global voyage. Although this series of illustrated chapter books is intended for middle-grade and young adults, they are certainly suitable for sailors and any adult with the heart of a child.

When it was over, Chowder felt that all their adventures were definitely worth sharing. Since LeCain had produced Far Away, a documentary video about the South Pacific part of their voyage, Chowder decided to tell her own version of the complete story with a trilogy of books, that include Sailing South ‘til the Butter Melts, Far Away Islands of Paradise, andWestward Beyond the Horizon (this last one being released in May 2022). Each book covers about two years of the voyage.

In the first book, Chowder reveals how she left her home on land and got her sea legs onboard a sailboat that Lee had built. While they sail down the west coast of the Americas to the enchanted islands of the Galapagos, she shares how she handles each experience and adapts to a variety of situations. Her apprehension turns into a sense of curiosity and wonder as she is transformed into a global sea cat by the challenges of rolling seas, lightning, storms, sharks, and wild jungle animals. Yet, she also purrs about the pleasure of eating fresh fish, playing with birds, listening to singing parrots, and watching dancing dolphins. She loves to give the readers the inside scoop on life aboard a cruising yacht.

In this second book, Chowder finds herself venturing out on long ocean crossings through the South Pacific. With these crossings sometimes lasting over two weeks between landfalls at remote tropical islands, like the enchanted Easter Island, Chowder learns what it’s really like to be an able-bodied ocean sailing sea cat.

In this section of her global voyage Chowder shares how she and the crew handled amazing experiences on land and at sea, while cruising with the trade winds through the South Pacific to New Zealand, through the volcanic islands of Melanesia, across the equator to Micronesia in the North Pacific Ocean, and back south through the Solomon and Coral Sea to Australia. Besides having a great time eating fresh fish, playing with birds, being surrounded by dolphins, finding wonderful scenery and wildlife, and watching local inhabitants practicing ancient ceremonies, Chowder had to endure challenging situations involving invasive insects, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, and swimming in sea water. Plenty of amazing adventures to purr about!

Her life would never be the same!

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