Featured Friday: Flora and the Wolf by Janet Doolaege | Jo Linsdell

Featured Friday: Flora and the Wolf by Janet Doolaege

Title: Flora and the Wolf    
Author: Janet Doolaege
ISBN: 9781301564224

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Book blurb: 
Flora, running wild in the forest, longs to see a wolf, but her parents and grandmother are afraid of lurking dangers. Something unusual does indeed happen to her. Besides, who is the stranger in town that all are talking about? This story for children, set in mediaeval Italy, covers human relations with animals, respect for the natural world and the interconnectedness of all living beings.
Author bio: 
I grew up in England but now live in France, not too far from Paris, in a village on the edge of a forest. Our house contains more books than I will ever have time to read
Review of the book

5.0 out of 5 stars No big bad wolf here,, 7 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Flora and the Wolf (Kindle Edition)

This a gentle story with a a great many virtues; it is set in early Mediaeval Italy and we have a tantalising glimpse of a young Saint Francis as well as an insight into life in those difficult times. Flora is a daughter in a poor household who prefers the woodland to her household duties and in consequence of a bad fall from a tree discovers an ability to speak and understand the speech of animals and the story concerns this wonderful ability. She can understand the swallows round her window, speak to the crosspatch household dog and more than all she strikes up a friendship with the delightful Lupina and her litter of wolf pups. This is charming story, in the best sense, and I heartily commend it for those children who, quite rightly, put their animal friends on a level with their human acquaintance. For older readers, there is a grimmer message as we see the evil effect that human society has on the natural world. However the message is subordinated to the delightful story
Mini Interview:
Why did you write this book?
I have always liked the story of Saint Francis and the wolf and I thought that this retelling could convey in a lively way the special relationship that children have with the animal world.

What can we expect to see from you in the future? 
I have five other books on Amazon and Smashwords: two novels, two more children’s books and a memoir of two rescued birds.