Tales of Bong Tree Island is an entertaining and informative illustrated historical fantasy book for people of all ages who enjoy Edward Lear's poem The Owl and The Pussycat, but have always wanted to know more. The book gives the background and genealogy of the owl and the pussycat, the history, geography, inhabitants, flora and fauna of Bong Tree Island, and answers to such burning questions as:
Where did The Owl and the Pussycat come from? What were their names? How did they meet? Why did they sail away and where did they get the beautiful pea green boat? Where is Bong Tree Island located? Did the owl and the pussycat have children? Why are they called Bong Trees, and what do they look like? and much more.
World famous explorer, Martine Bates of Gloucester, MA, is contacted by the Queen of England and invited to lead an expedition to locate the land where the Bong Trees grow and find out what happened to Barney and Caterina and Alpheus Pomfry.
British subjects and legends, Barney and Caterina (aka The Owl and The Pussycat), had left home in Ramsgate, England on December 31, 1870 in search of a place where they could be free to love and marry without fear of interspecies marriage discrimination. They had sailed for a year and a day and landed on an island where Bong Trees grow and interspecies marriage is accepted, but no one had ever heard from them again or been able to locate the island where they had settled. A good friend of the Royal Family, explorer and photographer, Alpheus Pomfry, had traveled in search of Bong Tree Island in 1906, but never returned and was presumed lost at sea.
With the help of an old map created by Alpheus Pomfry that Martine Bates finds in the attic of his grandnephew, Pip Pomfry, and a pod of dolphins that help lead the way, after a year and a day, Martine reaches Bong Tree Island, which is located in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. There she meets the owlpusses (or owlcats as some prefer to be called), descendents of Barney and Caterina, as well as other inhabitants of Bong Tree Island. She conducts interviews with the descendants and explores the island, creating a map, painting landscapes of the places she visits and portrait paintings of the inhabitants she meets and interviews. She learns the history and genealogy of Barney and Caterina, all about Bong Trees and Bong Tree Island and some of the rare interspecies inhabitants unique to the island, such as hedgepiggywigs, hummingbunnybirds, painted manaturtles, as well as Assiri (aquatic cave dwelling fairies) and more. Tales of Bong Tree Island is a chronicle of Martine's travel adventures and compilation of the interviews she conducted while on Bong Tree Island, along with some great wisdom and lessons that could only be imparted by creatures such as owlpusses and hedgepiggywigs.
Tales of Bong Tree Island is a must read for anyone who supports freedom from discrimination. Don't miss the opportunity to become a part of this exciting project which is destined to go down in history, have sequels and could become an amazing full length animated film, with a really cool soundtrack. How cool to be able to tell your friends, family, children and grandchildren that you played a part in making The Tales of Bong Tree Island a reality!
The book and illustrations are complete. The project goal is to raise the funds necessary to have the initial run of books printed so that the history of Barney and Caterina and Martine's and the owlpusses' stories and words of wisdom can be shared with the world, and so that everyone can have the opportunity to experience this beautiful and idyllic land. Last but not least, the project goal includes fulfilling the cool rewards for backers who want to be part of this exciting project destined to go down in history. The printer for the book has been chosen and is waiting in the wings, the book is designed and ready to go, with the exception of the Acknowledgements page -- which awaits the names of the backers, like you, who will be included on it!.
Many thanks in advance to all you wonderful backers of Tales of Bong Tree Island ~ from Martine Bates, the Owlpusses and everyone on Bong Tree Island, and me.
- (28 days)