Owen & Mzee

Owen & Mzee

The True Story of A Remarkable Friendship

Book - 2006
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The story of the baby hippo rescued from a salt-water reef after the 2004 Tsunami, and the 130 year-old tortoise in the Haller Park animal sanctuary outside of Mombasa whom the baby hippo adopted as its new parent.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780439829731
0439829739
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill
Alternative Title: Owen and Mzee

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rfeuge
Aug 30, 2017

AR 5.4

When Owen, a baby hippo orphaned by the tsunami in Asia, is taken to a zoo, he is put in with a giant tortoise, and an amazing thing happened: the two became friends. Illustrated with full-page photos.

orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

A truly great book about friendship between the biggest species of tortoise and a hippo.

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angelflyer
Jan 23, 2013

Amazing story of a giant tortoise, hatched from an egg and never mothered, adopting the orphaned hippo, the lone survivor of a dreadful flood.
If you like it, and everyone seems to be very touched, you will want to see what happens the next year in the sequel.

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smoky9
Oct 16, 2012

I really like this book because of its many pictures and that it is a totally true story

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Jasleenrox
Jan 16, 2012

Such a cute story about a hippo and a tortoise who become friends. Based on a true story

RockCastle Jul 14, 2011

If you like Owen & Mzee, try "Mama for Owen" by children picture book M. D. Bauer.

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Jian Feng Wang
Jul 13, 2011

It's funny that Owen & Mzee play together.

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awake88
Apr 02, 2009

A heart-warming story about a little baby hippo named owen who is saved after the 2004 tsunami in the indian ocean (sri lanka)and is taken to a natianal park in kenya where there meets Mzee an 130 year old tortise liveing on at the park way before owen arrrive .

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KarenW
Aug 14, 2006

When a baby hippo finds himself literally at sea and orphaned, a lot of people join in to help him find a good home. His fierce reaction covers his true fear - he is now alone in a world he doesn''t understand. But soon he will find comfort and friendship in a most unlikely way. The 130 year old tortoise in the Haller Zoo near Mombasa will become the hippo''s companion and savior. They are a very unlikely pair. Soon they are inseparable, eating and sleeping and bathing together. Each are the friend that the other has needed and as the book states - Our most important friends are sometimes those we least expected.

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orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

orange_dolphin_185 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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smoky9
Oct 16, 2012

smoky9 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Jian Feng Wang
Jul 13, 2011

Jian Feng Wang thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 99

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awake88
Apr 02, 2009

awake88 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

People used boats,ropes,fishing nets and even cars to rescue Owen he was a very heavy hippo.At first Mzee did not want Owen to follow him but Mzee then got use to it and they learned to be great friends.

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rmichaud
Aug 17, 2011

Remarkable" seems too tame a word for this memorable book about a friendship between two wild creatures. Its genesis lay in Greste's photo of a baby hippo snuggling with a giant tortoise, which appeared in newspapers the month after the cataclysmic 2004 tsunami. Craig Hatkoff and his then six-year-old daughter, moved by that image and by the accompanying article, decided to learn more about these animal companions-and to write their story. They do so succinctly and smoothly, ably aided by Kahumbu, manager of the Kenyan animal sanctuary, Haller Park, where the two creatures now live. Greste's crisp, closely focused photos will instantly endear the title characters to readers. When the tsunami struck Kenya, Owen was separated from his mother and the rest of their pod and became stranded on a coral reef. Several spreads chronicle the hippo's difficult rescue and transport to the sanctuary. Once set loose, he immediately scrambled toward Mzee (the Swahili term for "wise old man"), a 130-year-old Aldabra tortoise: "Owen crouched behind Mzee, the way baby hippos often hide behind their mothers for protection." The unadorned text allows the facts themselves to move readers, making clear how the improbable bond between the now inseparable mammal and reptile has helped resilient Owen recover from his traumatic ordeal. ("Most [wildlife experts] have never heard of a mammal... and a reptile... forming such a strong bond.") Priceless images document the pair swimming together or nuzzling, their rough skins complementing each other. In several of Greste's photos, the two creatures appear to have genuine smiles on their faces. Readers will have the same. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

At first,Mzee crawled away but Owen wouldn't give up.That night owen and Mzee snuggled close together.

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