Based on the true story of a war tortoise from Gallipoli.

 

Discovered by a wounded soldier in the trenches of Gallipoli during World War One, the tortoise, named Peter, was gifted to a nurse called Nora who brought him back to New Zealand, where her family cared for him for another 80 years.

The nurse's great-great niece, Shona Riddell, is the author of this children's book. The illustrations are by Matt Gauldie, acclaimed painter and sculptor, and former NZ Defence Force artist (2006-2016). 

Read more about The Tale of the Anzac Tortoise

Read more about Shona and Matt

As seen on the front page of the Wellingtonian, on Stuff and on Newshub's Great War Stories series, narrated by Hilary Barry

 
  Shona's father, Oliver Riddell, age three in 1944 with Peter the tortoise. When this photo was taken Peter had already been in the Hughes/Riddell family for 30 years, and would remain the family pet for another 50 years. 

Shona's father, Oliver Riddell, age three in 1944 with Peter the tortoise. When this photo was taken Peter had already been in the Hughes/Riddell family for 30 years, and would remain the family pet for another 50 years.