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Owen & Mzee: Best Friends

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by Craig Hatkoff, Peter Greste (Photographer), Paula Kahumbu, Isabella Hatkoff
 

Now the New York Times #1 Bestseller is available for the youngest readers.

This is the true story of two great friends: a baby hippo named Owen and a giant tortoise named Mzee. In December 2004 a frightened young hippo, separated from his family by the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, adopted an 130-year-old tortoise as his "mother." And the tortoise

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Now the New York Times #1 Bestseller is available for the youngest readers.

This is the true story of two great friends: a baby hippo named Owen and a giant tortoise named Mzee. In December 2004 a frightened young hippo, separated from his family by the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, adopted an 130-year-old tortoise as his "mother." And the tortoise remarkably accepted the baby hippo as his own. Owen and Mzee are now inseparable and their story has captured hearts everywhere. With bold photographs from the original book and new simple, sweet text, Owen and Mzee is perfect for young children and families.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Recasting the bestselling Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu, with photos by Peter Greste, the board book Owen & Mzee: Best Friends boils down the extraordinary tale of a hippo who adopts a giant tortoise (and vice versa) to its essentials ("Owen takes care of Mzee./ Mzee takes care of Owen"). The photos are as dazzling and expressive as in the original. (Scholastic, $6.99 12p ages 6 mos.-3 yrs. ISBN 978-0-439-92872-4; Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Owen, the young hippopotamus, and Mzee, the old tortoise, have been the subject of several award-winning books. The story all began with Owen's dramatic rescue after the tsunami and his incredible attraction to Mzee, who actually began exhibiting some mothering qualities, which are not natural for reptiles. The companions eat at the same times and travel through the park grounds together. They take care of each other. The full-color photographs of Haller Park and the interactions of these friends are remarkable, adding meaning and insight to the understanding of the phenomenon of bonding in nature. Further factual information about Owen and Mzee appears in the back of the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439928724
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Owen And Mzee Series
Edition description:
BOARD
Pages:
12
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 5.94(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
2 - 3 Years

Meet the Author


Craig Hatkoff is the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and of Turtle Pond Publications. Both Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship and Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship are New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife and their two daughters in Manhattan.

Isabella Hatkoff is the co-author of bestselling Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship and Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship with her father, Craig Hatkoff, and ecologist Dr. Paula Kahumbu. Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship was published in the spring of 2006 and became an international phenomonen. She lives in Manhattan with her family

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Owen & Mzee: Best Friends 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
psj More than 1 year ago
This is a great board book! My 6 month old daughter loves this book and so does my 5 year old son. It is a captivating true story about a baby hippo orphaned after the tsunami who is befriended by a very old tortoise. This board book version is very simple: "Owen and Mzee are best friends. They take naps together and go swimming together and take walks together." etc. It is even a fascinating story to me. There is a more detailed version available for older children too.
jsmith42 More than 1 year ago
Got this book because my nephews name is Owen. We like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MotherEarthLY More than 1 year ago
I give this book to every little one I know. The story of unconditional love that exists between two unlikely characters gives renewed faith in ourselves that we can love someone very different than ourself. Mzee is a wonderful pseudo-mother for Owen. She keeps him out of trouble, she makes sure he eats and always provides someone for baby hippo Owen to snuggle with. These are real characters that we can latch on to instead of abstract fictional characters like you would find in Suess or Playhouse Disney. All kids are attracted to animals and instantly latch on. It is a book they request to read over and over and I adore reading this to them.