Family’s war story told in two parts in I.P. Aspinall’s new fiction

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‘Dragonfly House and Giant in a Tea Cup’ shows imagination as key to children’s coping with danger

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TV was very basic black-and-white. The story tells of a time when life was much simpler and kids could play outdoors without worry.

Drawing upon her personal experience of growing up during World War II, author I.P. Aspinall wrote her new children’s fiction book, “Dragonfly House and Giant in a Tea Cup” (published by Lulu).

“Dragonfly House and Giant in a Tea Cup” centers on two young boys named Luke and Jack. In the first half of the book, the boys are both 8 years old, while in the second they are 13. The first half of the story deals with the implications of danger and privation on the two boys, who enlist the help of magical creatures to overcome obstacles. The second half involves the children and their families enduring a drought, forest fires and the threat of wolf attacks on their land during what was considered peacetime following the war.

“This is a time before computer games, texting, cell phones, the Internet and the World Wide Web,” Aspinall says of her book’s setting. “TV was very basic black-and-white. The story tells of a time when life was much simpler and kids could play outdoors without worry.”

An excerpt from “Dragonfly House and Giant in a Tea Cup”:

“In Dragonfly House the Summers were good
Out on the lake or up in the wood
You could swim on a fish
Or talk to a fly
Even feed a bear as he passed by
When the rain was dark and pouring
Dragonfly House was never boring”

Dragonfly House and Giant in a Tea Cup
By I.P. Aspinall
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 130 pages | ISBN 9781483410791
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 130 pages | ISBN 9781483410777
E-Book | 130 pages | ISBN 9781483410784

About the Author
I.P. Aspinall was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland. Her husband’s work has led her around the world to live in Manchester, England; Swansea, Wales; Urbana, Illinois; and Xi’an in the People’s Republic of China. She is a mother of three and a grandmother of three.

Lulu empowers people of all ages to explore and express their interests, passions and expertise through books, photography and art. Since introducing self-publishing in 2002, Lulu has empowered creators in more than 225 countries and territories to produce nearly two million publications. Lulu Jr. allows children to become published authors, encouraging creativity, strengthening literacy and building self-esteem. Picture.com offers professional photography of collegiate and professional sports, memorable and historic events, fine art and home décor. For more information, please visit http://www.lulu.com.

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