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A Mama for Owen

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by Marion Dane Bauer
 

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Owen the baby hippo and his mama were best friends. They loved to play hide-and-seek on the banks of the Sabaki River in Africa. That was all before the tsunami came and washed Owen's world away.

But after the rain stops, Owen befriends Mzee, a grayish brown tortoise. He plays with him, snuggles with him, and decides he just might turn out to be his best friend

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Owen the baby hippo and his mama were best friends. They loved to play hide-and-seek on the banks of the Sabaki River in Africa. That was all before the tsunami came and washed Owen's world away.

But after the rain stops, Owen befriends Mzee, a grayish brown tortoise. He plays with him, snuggles with him, and decides he just might turn out to be his best friend and a brand-new mama.

Inspired by the tsunami of 2004, acclaimed storyteller Marion Dane Bauer and celebrated illustrator John Butler depict this heartwarming true tale of healing, adoption, and rebirth — with splendid illustrations and oodles of love.

Editorial Reviews

The subject of this sweet book is arguably the most celebrated African baby hippo in history. At least, no other hippopotamus to our knowledge has been the subject of not one but three books. The story begins on a sad note. Pudgy Owen lost his mother in the Great Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004. His entire world washed out, our orphan hippo searched for a substitute mother and found one, however improbably, in an ancient giant tortoise. As the world marveled, the unlikely pair bonded, playing together and forming what appears to be a deep friendship. A touching story every child can appreciate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689857874
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
03/27/2007
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
439,476
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 12.14(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine. Her other titles include A Mama for Owen, If You Were Born a Kitten, Grandmother’s Song, and Thank You for Me! She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at MarionDaneBauer.com.

John Butler has illustrated more than forty books for children, including Little Chick, Little Bunny, A Mama for Owen, and While You Were Sleeping. He has worked for Sesame Street and Time magazine and resides in the United Kingdom.

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A Mama for Owen 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LisaTX More than 1 year ago
This stroy was great to read to my first grader. It is a great story that demonstrates the importance of a mother child relationship. I recommend this book to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Bambi all over again. I bought the book because my grandson is named Owen. However, when we read the book we found that the mother and all the family die. This is way too sad. Beautifully written and illustrated.
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