Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

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The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world.

The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee (Mm-ZAY). When Owen was stranded after the Dec 2004 tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439829731
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2006
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 71,218
Product dimensions: 10.50(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)
Lexile: AD920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
mms on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simply the best children's book ever.
lauraejensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The gentle story of a baby hippo who is orphaned after a tsunami, and the remarkable friendship she found with a 130 year old tortoise. A smooth, sweet book with bright, crisp photographs. Useful in peace education, or for further investigation into Kenya, hippos, tortoises, tsunamis....
ADw234 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Owen the hippopotamus from Africa, and a giant tortoise named Mzee. Owen and his family were chased out of their home because of a flood. After finally catching Owen they take him to Haller Park where he meets his new friend Mzee the tortoise. The book tells the story of how they become friends. This is a great book that teaches the reader about hippopotami and tortoises. It also teaches the reader about friendship.
michelleramos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story of a baby hippopotamus who losses his entire family and pod. He is stranded on a reef in the ocean off of the coast in Africa. An entire village spends hours rescuing him. After he is rescued he is taken to a wildlife reserve and placed in a pen with a 130 year old tortoise. The two become very close and for a wonderful bond. They eat together, swim, together, take walks together and even sleep next to one another. No one is sure why or how they formed such an amazing bond, but they are inseparable.
burke73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to the amazing story of two unlikely friends that become inseparable. The first book tells the beautiful story of stray hippo, Owen, that finds a new home with a new roommate - a 130 year old tortoise named Mzee. This sequel continues the story and goes more into detail how the two friends are still extremely close and how their friendship defies science. It also talks a little bit about how the park doctors are concerned that Owen is not acting like a normal hippo but rather like a tortoise and how they might need to introduce Own to other hippos so that he can learn how to be himself...a hippo. It also talks about how Owen and Mzee have developed their own language and way of commuicating with each other. This is a great book to not only teach kids about unlikely friendships, but it also teaches them about Haller Park in Mombasa, about the hippo and tortoise species, and about the proper pronunciation of a few Swahili words.
iecj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Through photograhs and simple text, readers learn about a hippopatomus and a tortoise that are brought together in an African wildlife santuary due to the devastation of the baby hippo's habitat in a tsunami. The two animals form an unexpected friendship.The book is intended for younger readers, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Pangle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the true story of the baby hippo, Owen, who was separated from his family during the 2004 tsunami and was rescued by villagers in Kenya. When moved to a wildlife sanctuary, he met the tortoise, Mzee, and they quickly became each other's new family. This is a great nonfiction story to share with students and has several realistic fiction books to accompany it.
skeeterbo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the book because it was about two animals. A hippo was stranded after a tsunami and the old tortoise accepted him as a friend.
eevers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This sweet story is of a stranded baby hippo who befriends a 150 year old tortoise (a loner). The photographs are enjoyable for the reader, the captions add facts to them.
ktibbs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a heart warming story that follows the life of a hippo, Owen, who is separated from his mother and other hippos during a tsunami. Owen is rescued by some locals who end up taking him to an animal sanctuary where he is cared for and will spend his life. When he arrives at the sanctuary, Owen befriends a turtoise who is usually a loner, named Mzee. Mzee warms up to Owen's company and the two of them become inseparable.
maggiereads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a balmy post-tsunami day when he was discovered on the coral reefs away from shore. Two feet tall and 600 pounds, he was a meager shadow of his parents and other herd members. But, where was the herd?He was mad, too. People kept crowding him and throwing nets on his back. He didn¿t like these men and he really didn¿t like nets. His instinct told him to run, to charge, but a man called Owen Sobien put a stop to all the chaos. In one fluid motion he leapt atop the rounded figure, securing him with a shark net.Applause erupted as our new friend was ceremoniously named Owen and unceremoniously shoved in the back of a pick-up truck. The ride was dusty and hot in the African sun as they traveled to Mombasa, Kenya where an animal sanctuary named Haller Park awaited their arrival. Unfortunately, there was a problem; the existing herd was territorial and extremely aggressive. Owen would surely be killed.Since he was still a baby, the park managers moved him into an enclosure called a boma. At the time the boma was home to gentler animals such as, ¿bushbucks, vervet monkeys and a few Aldabra tortoises.¿As they backed the truck into his new home it was becoming dark. Owen struggled to stay in the truck, but the annoying people prevailed. His slightly ungracious exit was followed by a quick bee line to a dark object in the corner of the boma. Within a minute the object moved, so he moved. The object moved again, so he moved again. Everyone smiled and called it a night.The next morning, park managers were shocked by what they saw. Owen, a mammal, was sleeping next to a cold-blooded reptile. Not just any reptile, but a 130-year-old, grumpy, Aldabra tortoise.This is the true story of Owen, a baby hippopotamus, and his constant-companion tortoise named Mzee [mm-Zay]. Currently, three books celebrate this extraordinary friendship: Owen & Mzee: Best Friends, Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, and Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship. Each book celebrates their famous kinship, and is perfect for the child ready to transition into chapter books. Elementary teachers might find these books a refreshing approach to units on animals. Coloring sheets and activities can be found online at lafargeecosystems.com.
MargieannVA More than 1 year ago
This is surely worth the read and your time as it is a book on friendship and acceptance and can be tailored for many age levels. Enjoy!
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Lilypad74 More than 1 year ago
A truly inspiring story of unlikely friendship rising out of disaster. This true tale amazes and delights as it recounts the heroic rescue of Owen, a baby hippo orphaned in the 2004 tsunami and follows him to an animal sanctuary where he meets the slow-moving Mzee, a giant tortoise. The patience of Mzee as Owen "adopts" him is depicted in touching photos detailing persistence, playfulness and loyalty as the two become acquainted and attached to each other. Children and adults alike will come to love the two as their friendship grows and blossoms. A beautiful story on every level, it teaches how appearances don't count...it's what in your heart that matters.
gege More than 1 year ago
a most amazing true story about the power of love and how a baby hippo decided that a giant tortoise was his new protector and mother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very special book. Recommended for children from five and up and their parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is documented with pictures of an elderly giant tortoise and an orphaned baby hippo that found each other after the tsunami in 2004. It's the story of an unlikely friendship between two animals. Readers will be moved by the example of love and companionship of a mammal and a reptile. To find out how they discovered each other and became friends, read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Owen and Mzee was a good book because it is true and realistic. Owen Mzee is a about a hippopotamus who lives with his family. One day Owen got separated from his family and brought to the zoo. Then he met Mzee, a 150 year old turtle. Owen and Mzee were best friend but the problem Owen thought Mzee was her mother. Someone should read this book because I think it¿s a great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee (Mm-ZAY). When Owen was stranded after the Dec 2004 tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart.