Philippa Werry, illustrated by Burak Akbay
Kiwi author and Turkish illustrator join to create children’s book that fosters the bond forged at Gallipoli
It’s cause for hope when countries that were at war can transcend that enmity, even when separated by thousands of kilometres.
That is what New Zealand and Turkey share — a deep friendship that is commemorated each 25 April on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Young girl Derya and her family move from Turkey to live in New Zealand. Among the heirlooms they bring with them is the water bottle that an Anzac soldier gave her great-grandfather after he had been wounded from Gallipoli.
At school she learns that her classmate Tom had a great-great-uncle who fought at Gallipoli.
Together with their friend Airini they learn about the war, attend an Anzac Day ceremony, then come home to make Anzac biscuits with Tom’s mum.
‘Look at the three of us,’ Airini says. ‘Many years ago our families fought each other, but now we can be friends.