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Meet Torty! She's one tough little tortoise with a beat-up shell and some missing toes. Torty survived a great war that raged in Europe 100 years ago - when she was already about 100 years old. She was rescued back then by a young Kiwi soldier so she is a World War One survivor.
This is a heartwarming, true story of survival against the odds.
A gorgeous book from the very front page to back, Torty and the Soldier - A story of a true WWI survivor is a book I will forever treasure being part of my/my children's book collection A gentle story that tells the special life of a tortoise while informing children about WWI without being too harsh about the reality that is war. I love the conversations that this book has sparked - with grandparents who went to war this is a part of family history I can now share with my child in an easy manner. Something so important (history) yet isn't always easy to share when the matters are so sensitive and at times bad/sad/tragic etc.
The illustrations by Fifi Colston are simply stunning. Completed in sepia type coloured pictures it feels like they match the story and era that this story is written about. Illustrations play such a massive part to a book being deemed "excellent" in our household and this title definitely ticks that box without a doubt. Each time we read this book my 3year old notices something new and has asked about many of the different things in the pictures or what is happening etc.
Since receiving this book a week ago my daughter has requested we read it several times, whether its during the day or at "story time" before bed at night. With a teacher for a mum (who is passionate about literature and ensuring my children love books from a young age) my daughter is definitely an avid reader and will listen to stories that are beyond her years compared to others her age. Typically I think this book would suit a 4-5year old and older, however you know your child best and whether this book would be suitable.
Being an early childhood teacher I took this book to work with me and read it at "mat time" with our group of approx 30 3-5year old children. This book was utterly loved by some and totally lost on others - again it came down to individual reading/concentration strengths. Its definitely a book with a message and I love that.
This is a book I highly recommend! For your children, your best friends children or the children you teach, it's a story you will re-tell over and over.
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