New children’s book teaches about the island’s colorful wildlife

The beauty of her home in the Virgin Islands inspired LyNette Jael Lewis to write and illustrate “The Boondock Jungle Presents Adventure to Buck Island: The Journey Begins.” The book follows the journey of Jo the iguana and her friend Fin the trushy bird as they work together to find their way to a new home on Buck Island.

The pair work together to find food and shelter during their dangerous journey, and even make new friends along the way.

This children’s book features the island’s native wildlife, such as iguanas, mongooses, chicken hawks, flamingos and fruit bats. Through her words and illustrations, LyNette Jael Lewis brings the joy of friendships to life while educating young readers about animals and sea life in the Virgin Islands.

“The Boondock Jungle Presents Adventure to Buck Island: The Journey Begins”, offers a positive message to readers. Its goal is to teach readers to be kind and to be a good friend and neighbor to humans and animals.

“The Boondock Jungle Presents Buck Island Adventure: The Journey Begins”

By LyNette Jael Lewis

ISBN: 9781496917362 (softcover); 9781496917379 (electronic)

Available from AuthorHouse, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

LyNette Jael Lewis was born on March 3, 1981 on the beautiful island of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands to Noel M. Lewis and Anna L. Connor-Lewis. She was an avid learner, earning degrees in Food and Beverage Management, Drawing and Computer Design, Visual Communication and Web Design. In all of these endeavors, she achieved a high level of achievement, graduating with Summa cum Laude, 4.0 GPA, and Elite Honors. She loved to read and was an avid explorer of creative outlets. It was during this time in her life that she learned skills as an illustrator, editor, writer and poet. During one of her creative writing stints, she reflected on her childhood memories of St. Thomas and decided to share those wonderful experiences through a children’s book called “Journey to Buck Island.” Sadly, LyNette Jael Lewis died on May 10, 2010 at the age of 30, leaving this as her only completed book.

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