It’s difficult for me to remember the story behind the story for Armando’s Island, as I wrote it over twenty years ago! The story was rejected in 2003 by my editor, so I put it in a drawer for a very long time, until…my wonderful agent, Karen Grencik, wanted to send it out in 2012. But no takers! My agent tried again in 2020. Success! We had two publishing houses interested! I was delighted to sign with Creative Editions who had previously done such beautiful work with my story Lights Out!
I know when I first wrote Armando’s Island, I was concerned about deforestation in the rainforest. I wanted to write a story about the beautiful animals being affected. Sadly, deforestation continues to happen around the globe and animals continue to be affected by the loss of their homes.
Armando’s Island is an ode to conservation heroes who stand against masses and a song to the rainforests. It has been described as a modern-day fable, telling of pressing dangers against rainforest inhabitants and of hope portrayed by one man, who courageously keeps his “island” safe, a solitary refuge for the animals and plants he loves. I encourage children to make their own “islands” for wildlife around their homes, whether for fox, birds, honeybees, or lizards.
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