The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean by R. M. Ballantyne.
The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean
I was a boy when I went through the wonderful adventures herein set
down. With the memory of my boyish feelings strong upon me, I
present my book specially to boys, in the earnest hope that they
may derive valuable information, much pleasure, great profit, and
unbounded amusement from its pages.
One word more. If there is any boy or man who loves to be
melancholy and morose, and who cannot enter with kindly sympathy
into the regions of fun, let me seriously advise him to shut my
book and put it away. It is not meant for him.