Best Friends: The True Story of Owen and Mzee (All Aboard Science Reader Series)

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After the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, a little hippo named Owen was discovered orphaned and alone, far from home. Come read the true and heartwarming story of the animal sanctuary that provided a new home for Owen, where he found an unlikely best friend in a 130- year-old tortoise named Mzee.

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After the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, a little hippo named Owen was discovered orphaned and alone, far from home. Come read the true and heartwarming story of the animal sanctuary that provided a new home for Owen, where he found an unlikely best friend in a 130- year-old tortoise named Mzee.

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Best Friends is the wonderful story of two unlikely companions. Owen is a baby hippo, who has been abandoned by the rest of his group during a huge storm. He is one year old and all alone. After a bit of a struggle he is rescued from the sea and brought onto land. Knowing that Owen would never be able to survive on his own, and that another new group of hippos would just turn him away, his rescuers take him to an animal wildlife preserve. It was a special kind of zoo called Haller Park. Owen is frightened by his new surroundings. When he first arrives he runs right over to Mzee. Mzee is known as “the wise old man.” He is a 130 year old tortoise and the oldest inhabitant at the park. Owen tries to hide behind Mzee! Owen follows Mzee everywhere and even curls up next to him to sleep. Eventually, the two animals become the best of friends, eating together, swimming together, and sleeping side by side. Edwards does a fabulous job of weaving bits information into this beginning science reader. The format is clear and simple; sentences are short and the text is large and bold. Carol Schwartz’s colorful illustrations are clean and bright and accompany the text in a way that gives the readers excellent picture clues. This is a wonderful addition to a primary science collection and a part of the “All Aboard Science Reader Series.” Reviewer: Theresa Finch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448445670
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/10/2007
  • Series: Penguin Young Readers Level 2 Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 175,442
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Roberta Edwards lives in New York, New York. Ken Call lives in Northbrook, Illinois.

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