Wonders Down Under
M. M. (Jane) Estes, author
Have you ever wished you could go somewhere that you have read about or heard about to see for yourself what it is like? That is how this book began. After spending one school year (ten months) on the island of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands where the reef was part of the back yard and the lagoon was just around the corner, the longing to see the Great Barrier Reef kept creeping in to haunt the author. Over 50 years later, the opportunity came along. There was only one day allotted for the visit to Green Island and that day was one of storm and rough seas. That would not ruin the trip because Jane knew she also had the Sydney Aquarium on her list of places to go. That was great even though the duck-billed platypus was asleep and refused to welcome visitors that day. Since it was their springtime, the spring rains hampered some visits, but that is something you cannot control. The beauty of reading is that you can travel in your imagination, yet be in the comfort of your favorite place to read. With plenty of pictures to help your imagination, sit back and enjoy a trip of a lifetime!