Tranquilla Trampeltrue

The Persistent Tortoise

A great party is to be expected in the realm of the animals: Sultan Leo the Twenty-eighth invites everybody to his wedding on the blooming meadow. Tortoise Tranquilla Trampeltrue sets off as well on the long and exhausting journey. But how should she arrive in time for the party? All animals laugh about her. Tranquilla, however, is sure: She will make it.
She walks slowly, for months and years, step by step. And finally Tranquilla Trampeltrue arrives at the blooming meadow. Everything is lavishly decorated, as indeed a wedding will be celebrated here. Well, it is the wedding of Leo the Twenty-ninth – but does that really matter after all?


  • Pages: 28
  • First published in: 1972
  • ISBN: 352243630X
  • Edition: Picture book
  • Illustrations:
    Marie-Luise Lemke-Pricken
  • Original publisher: Thienemann Verlag
  • Translations:
    Afrikaans, Chinese, French, Galician, Italian, Japanese, Catalan, Korean, Dutch, Spanish

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Other Editions

  • New Edition:
    Tranquilla Trampeltreu die beharrliche Schildkröte
    (Tranquilla Trampeltrue — Persistent Tortoise)

    Illustrated by Manfred Schlüter, with music by Wilfried Hiller, picture book, 60 pages, Stuttgart 1981 and 1982
  • Paperback:
    Tranquilla Trampeltreu die beharrliche Schildkröte
    (Tranquilla Trampeltrue — the Persistent Tortoise)

    Carlsen TB Volume. 575, 2006.

Radio Play

  • Tranquilla Trampeltreu, die beharrliche Schildkröte
    (Tranquilla Trampeltrue — the Persistent Tortoise)

    Radio play by Michael Ende and Wilfried Hiller. Dt. Grammophon Junior (Universal), several editions. Together with: Der Lindwurm und der Schmetterling (The Lindworm and the Butterfly). Also available as MC.