5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2013
A war story with a difference. This is the story of Henry Friston who went to war in 1915 on a battleship and whilst on active service found and rescued a tortoise that he called Ali Pasha. Against regulations he kept the tortoise alive on board until his return home, where they lived together until Henry died aged 83, and Ali lived for another 10 years.
Told as a newspaper story, written by a young reporter, with real photos and news cuttings on the end papers. Accompanied by the inimitable Foreman illustrations that sometimes cover two pages. A gentle story about how something good can come from adversity.
on 31 December 2014
Exciting and touching story involving a touching emotional bond between ageing war hero and boy, and the brave rescue of a tortoise from the midst of a war zone. Beautifully illustrated. My 6 year old daughter and I enjoyed this story immensely, along with the gorgeous watercolour plates. I think we were the first to withdraw it from the library, and it was a book I would love to own, and would certainly recommend as a chapter by chapter bedtime read.