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The Water Bottle by Philippa Werry, Illus. Burak Akbay. Pub. Oratia, 2022

April 6, 2022

Derya is a new immigrant to New Zealand from Turkey and her Great grandfather Hasan fought against ANZAC forces at Gallipoli in WW1. The Turks regarded the Gallipoli landings as an invasion of their country and many were killed on both sides.

Now Derya is in the land of the former enemy, a land that reveres Gallipoli and the men that died there with great reverence. How will she cope?

First day at school is hard but she sits with Airini and Tom. Tom’s Great grandfather fought at Gallipoli and was killed and he has a desire to go there to see what it was all about.

During a battle at Gallipoli Hasan received a water bottle from a New Zealand soldier and it is still with Derya’s family. When Derya touches the Water bottle she dreams horrible dreams about the battles that took place. Could their be a link between the two great grandfathers? Check it out and see what you think.

Superbly illustrated by Turkish Illustrator Burak Akbay who is able to portray the action through Derya’s dreams.

Old enemies can be friends. Just in time for ANZAC Day. For everybody.

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