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Gus the Tortoise Takes a Walk

by (author) Erin Arsenault

illustrated by Richard Rudnicki

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
May 2012
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2012
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 3


It’s a busy day at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. Gus the Tortoise is getting his new home, and while the curator is away, Elliot is in charge of moving all the boxes in and out of the museum to set up Gus’s home. But Elliot makes a big mistake, and the box with Gus in it gets left outside long enough for Gus to wander away! He strolls up and down Spring Garden Road, taking in all the exciting Halifax sights, while Elliot frantically searches for him. Finally Gus ends up in a quiet, shady corner of the Public Gardens, just right for a tortoise. Elliot goes to the Public Gardens to make a wish in a fountain that he will find Gus—and it comes true! He brings him back to his comfortable new home in the museum and Gus settles in for a long sleep after his big adventure.

Based on true events, when Gus really did “run” away from the museum!

About the authors

Erin Arsenault lives in Halifax with her daughter, Sophie. They enjoy visiting their friend Gus the Tortoise together. Erin is the winner of the 2008 Word on the Street “Pitch the Publisher” event (children/YA fiction). This is her first book.

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Richard Rudnicki est réputé pour ses tableaux dépeignant la Nouvelle-Écosse ainsi que pour ses albums jeunesse primés. Richard enseigne le dessin et anime fréquemment des ateliers dans des écoles. Il habite Halifax.


Richard Rudnicki is an artist known for his paintings of Nova Scotia as well as for his award-winning children's books. Gracie, The Public Gardens Duck by Judith Meyrick won the Lillian Sheppard Memorial Award for Excellence in illustration and was finalist for the APMA Best Atlantic Published Book Award. Richard also teaches figure drawing and portraiture and frequently gives school workshops. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Gus the Tortoise Takes a Walk

It’s moving day at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, and in all the confusion Gus, the 90-year-old tortoise who resides there, wanders away! After a day of venturing around the city, Gus finally makes it to his new home. This story is based on true events when Gus really did “run” away from the museum.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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