Exploring the Galapagos Islands
About the Book
Fernando, a young South American finch, becomes cast out to sea and is all alone on floating debris. After a horrid storm-tossed six-hundred-mile trip, he is eventually stranded on a Galapagos island and ends up adventuring, learning, and exploring other islands and new ideas with a sidekick finch, Hector. Along with seeing and meeting many wondrous wild creatures on the enchanted islands, Fernando experiences earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and watches nature at work, which keeps his keen mind filled with questions and flowing ideas. After seeing six strikingly different islands, can Fernando really understand the true nature of them and the humans he travels with? Can he and Hector, his sturdy sidekick, survive the many perils and ever find a way back to their homes? Can he learn why little finches do most bird tasks on all the different islands? Can he understand why giant tortoises and huge iguanas on the Galapagos Islands are so different from those in his South American mainland? He struggles to answer all these puzzling questions as he travels and trusts his luck. It’s an exciting trip with feathered adventurers investigating many secrets of nature on unique enchanted islands with weird new animal life far out in the Pacific Ocean. Amazingly, Fernando discovers answers to many of his questions. But how does he get this new knowledge, insight, and himself back home to South America? Yet this feathered adventurer does just that.
About the Author
Paul W. Richard grew up wild and free at 8,100 feet elevation on the Two-Bar Ranch on the northwest edge of Walden, Colorado. His love of the ranch’s rivers in the mountains and the outdoor life led him to eventually become a professor of biological science at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. He has happily taught junior high, high school, university, and adult students for thirty-two years. Even after studying nature in the Arctic and Antarctic on science expeditions and studying the Galapagos Islands, his heart and interests remain in educating others. As a professor emeritus of biological science from UNC, he lives and continues writing in Greeley, Colorado. In the last five years, he published Colorado’s North Park—History, Wildlife, and Ranching (Walden Press), Growing Up Wild (Trafford), and Smokey, a Dog of My Own, (Walden Press). Exploring the Galapagos Islands (38,685 words) is his fourth book. A serious writer of YA, middle grades, and adult books, Paul Richard has also done work on academic textbook projects with Addison Wesley and Random House in the past.