Author Erin Arsenault reads from her book Gus the Tortoise Takes a Walk during Gus’s 90th birthday party at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax last Sunday. (RYAN TAPLIN / Staff)

One day about 20 years ago, Gus the tortoise saw a small hand reach out to touch the top of his shell.

Whether Gus remembers that one pat out of the many he got that day, and the thousands he’s got over his 90 years of life, only he would know for sure.

And only Gus knows if he recognized that same hand about a month ago, adult size now, stretching toward him, holding a book with his name and picture on the cover.

Gus the Tortoise Takes a Walk.

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