Based on a true story., this book is set WWI and is about a tortoise and a NZ solider. This is a beautiful story about an unlikely friendship. Torty is actually still alive today! I really liked this book and think all children should read it. I rated it 5 stars.
Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old
This is a lovely picture book about a tortise called Torty and a NZ solider called Stewart Little. It is set during WWI and Stewart rescues a tortoise that has been run over and nurses her back to health. When he returned home, Torty was stolen and sold to a circus but a policeman found her and she was returned to Stewart’s family. This is a lovely book and I really enjoyed reading it. I especially liked it as it was a true story.
Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 10 years old
This book is about a soldier who sees a tortoise being run over by a French cannon. Torty is lucky and is rescued by a soldier from NZ. I thought this was a lovely story and it is true. It made me feel happy. I thing children 3+ would enjoy this book.
Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 5 years old
Well done, Jennifer Beck. This is a tale I have heard many accounts off, and this is by far my favourite. Factual books are amazing. I love reading and learning about the two world wars (even though the tactics tent to make me paranoid, e.g the mustard gas attack in WW1, I’m not going to go into detail about mustard gas). It’s important to know about our history so that we can relish to world we know now. I know a few people that took our world for granted until I made them read a few factual books about the world wars. A great book to delight readers of all ages.
Reviewed by Anna from Miramar and Miramar Central School , 10 years old
This is a very realistic and sad book. Even though it is set over one hundred years ago, the problems that happen in the book still happen today. It is one of my favourite books as it looks at how children cope and deal with adult problems. I recommend this book to children over ten.
War horse is a great book about friendship, War and heroism. A horse called joey is forced to go to war leaving his best friend behind. Joey faces different conflicts on the way. The story is told from the horses point of view and from both sides of the trenches. I found it slightly repetitive because when one conflict gets resolved a new one comes along etc. This book is set in world war 1. Over all this is a great book and recommend it for older readers. This book is one of the best books I have ever read!
– Vita Ridgway school