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The tortoise and the soldier : a story of courage and friendship in World War I

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library J FOR (Text) 33500012196994 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library J FOR (Text) 33500012196986 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781627791748 (e-book)
  • ISBN: 1627791736 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9781627791731 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.

Content descriptions

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 tone—sometimes 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.

Author Notes

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.

Subject: Foreman, Michael 1938- Childhood and youth
World War, 1914-1918 Great Britain Biography
Illustrators Great Britain Biography
Authors, English 20th century Biography
JUVENILE FICTION / Biographical / European
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Military & Wars
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Turtles
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