IBBY Turkey - The Children’s Novel of The Year 2005

In his first children’s book,  author and documentarist  İsmet Bertan is telling a breathless adventure looking at the world both from animals’ and human beings’ points of view. With its simple but perfect language, this book is an unforgettable first novel for especially those who just started to read. While reading the adventure of Speedy Tosbi children are geting prepared to life and feeling the joy of readimg.

Overview

Little turtle Tosbi and his mother live in the garden of an elderly couple’s house. Tosbi spends his days feeding on the fresh vegetables in the garden, playing with his friends and Sezen, the granddaughter of the couple. These carefree days end when Tosbi is caught in the claws of a red falcon. Tosbi is pulled in a series of incredible adventures which start with his being a show turtle in a prison, then the subject of a rocket that children are trying to fire. Tosbi falls on a truck full of straw and goes to a zoo far away. Then, Doctor Biri –whom Tosbi meets as a result of an unexpected accident– and his friends take him back home. But the pink crystals of Doctor Biri will change Little Tosbi’s life completely…

 

İsmet Bertan

He was born in 1959, in a little village named Piyadeler in Alaşehir, Manisa. After graduating from Erzurum Atatürk University, Department of Turkish Language and Literature, he worked as a teacher for a couple of years. Then he moved to İzmir and worked as a documentary program producer and director at TRT (Turkish Radio Television) for many years. His first children’s novel Speedy Tosbi (Hızlı Tosbi, 2005) was published simultaneously with its picture book (in “Colour Your First Book” series) for younger readers Little Tosbi Looks for His House (Minik Tosbi Evini Arıyor, 2005). Speedy Tosbi was awarded as IBBY devamı için tıklayınız

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