Lucinda Hathaway (Cinda to her friends) has traveled all over the world, partly on ships. She and her husband Jack live on a quiet island in the Gulf of Mexico. She previously lived on another island, Ocean City, NJ, and there she became intrigued with the Sindia, a steel bark that ran aground in 1901 and became the inspiration for her first book Takashi's Voyage. She has spent the last ten summers in Maine, and forty prior years vacationing there so it was natural that the sequel to her first book was written about a Maine Downeaster, Astral, built in Bath. The second book answers the question thousands of children wanted to know- How does Takashi go home? He sails back to Japan aboard a Maine Downeaster. Cinda is happy to share her love of the sea and our natural world with an audience of children. She regularly visits schools to tell her Takashi tales. This book has sailed Cinda around the world with her word processor, Takashi and her imagination. Let's go! Takashi's Voyage was adopted as a core curriculum reader in many South Jersey Schools and has an accompanying protocol written by teachers who loved/and use the book. Round the World won the Benjamin Franklin Award in 2009.