The tortoise and the soldier : a story of courage and friendship in World War I
- 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
- 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)
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|Detroit Lakes Public Library||J FOR (Text)||33500012196994||Main||Available||-|
|Moorhead Public Library||J FOR (Text)||33500012196986||Main||Available||-|
- ISBN: 9781627791748 (e-book)
- ISBN: 1627791736 (hardback)
- ISBN: 9781627791731 (hardback)
- Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
|Summary, etc.:||"A story of friendship and courage during World War I"--|
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 November #2
*Starred Review* A fine storyteller and a notable English illustrator, Foreman constructs a riveting tale-within-a-tale. In the framing story, Trev is a young journalist-in-training in the 1950s. Sent out to report on "Mister Friston's tortoise" for his local paper, he meets Henry Friston, a veteran of WWI, and Ali Pasha, the tortoise he befriended in a crater during the Battle of Gallipoli. Trev relates Henry's story beginning in childhood, but focuses on his wartime experiences in the Royal Navy: the hard work at sea, the thrill of seeing the world, and his abject terror on the battlefield. Passages from Henry's diary appear at intervals, offering close-up views of events. The watercolor artwork is varied in composition and toneâsometimes dramatic, occasionally comical, and always engaging. A good choice for independent readers who want war stories but may not be ready for more horrific accounts, this beautifully illustrated book also reads aloud well. A few period photos appear in the back matter, where Foreman reveals that the Henry Friston narrative is based on fact. As a boy during WWII, he knew Friston, his son, and Ali Pasha. A memorable story of war, growing up, and, yes, a tortoise. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Michael Foreman is the author and illustrator of many best-selling books for children, including War Boy and War Game. He first met Henry Friston and Ali Pasha as a young boy growing up in England, where he still makes his home today.