Thursday, May 12, 2011

Book Spotlight: The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip

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The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip by Carrie King:

Joni-Pip lived a pampered life with her family in Bath, England until the bombings of World War II forced them to escape to Knotty Knook, their cottage in Windy Woods on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest. On their journey there, Joni-Pip meets three young strangers who suddenly appear, briefly speak to her and then disappear. Unaware they will play an important part in her life, Joni-Pip soon forgets about them. At Knotty Knook, Joni-Pip and her teddy bear Ethelred-Ted (who is much, much more than an ordinary teddy bear), play in the woods and visit her grandfather at his nearby cottage but strange things happen in Sherwood Forest and through what appears to be a tragic event, Joni-Pip begins a magical journey through time.

Note:  There are several different editions of this children's book, as listed here on Goodreads: 

Author Bio:

Writer Carrie King’s idyllic English life came to an abrupt end in April 2000, when her husband and childhood sweetheart was killed in a horrific accident at work. She felt she would never write another creative word or paint another creative stroke again.  Gradually, encouraged by the help and support of her family, friends and the NHS (Carrie had three years intensive Therapy through Psychologist, Nadine Field and her Doctor, Melanie Munro), she decided to try and resume her work on her Children’s Adventure, The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip, a book she had started writing before her husband’s death.  Sadly, she still couldn’t find the solace she needed and felt restless.
From 2003, she spent time in Paris and La Fouasse, West France and she took out her writing and wrote for a month; stopping once she returned to her home in Buckinghamshire, England. She didn’t think she would ever write again in England. She went on to write in New York, Memphis, Portland (Oregon) and Vancouver, Canada but whenever she returned home, she fell once more into the dark shadows of grief over her beloved husband and could write nothing.   In 2005, she stayed at Sherwood Forest, and found the area both comforting and inspiring, so at last Carrie resumed her writing of Joni-Pip in England!
It has been a long, hazardous and painful journey and many times Carrie thought that she would never make it but she has and she is so happy that she has triumphed over her tragedy.

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