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Owen & Mzee : The Language of Friendship
by Isabella Hatkoff and Craig Hatkoff and P. Kahumbu and Peter Greste


Overview - The in-demand follow-up to the New York Times bestseller, OWEN & MZEE, the friendship that has touched millions around the world.
In this exciting follow-up to OWEN & MZEE, the New York Times bestselling story about an orphaned baby hippo named Owen and the 130-year-old giant turtle, Mzee, Craig Hatkoff explores the language of love, friendship, and nurturance that these two incredible creatures share with one another.
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More About Owen & Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff; Craig Hatkoff; P. Kahumbu; Peter Greste
 
 
 
Overview
The in-demand follow-up to the New York Times bestseller, OWEN & MZEE, the friendship that has touched millions around the world.
In this exciting follow-up to OWEN & MZEE, the New York Times bestselling story about an orphaned baby hippo named Owen and the 130-year-old giant turtle, Mzee, Craig Hatkoff explores the language of love, friendship, and nurturance that these two incredible creatures share with one another. This book traces their first year together, including their adorable playful ways and the unique "language" that they have developed.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780439899598
  • ISBN-10: 0439899591
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publish Date: February 2007
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-9


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Animals - Mammals
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Animals - Reptiles & Amphibians
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Social Topics - Friendship

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 56.
  • Review Date: 2006-11-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Those who were captivated by Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship—about the bond between a baby hippo orphaned by the 2004 tsunami and an adult tortoise living in the same Kenyan sanctuary—will find this follow-up equally mesmerizing. Again, Greste's crisp color photographs reveal these inseparable animal companions at remarkably close range. A standout sequence of nine frames allows readers to observe one of the unique ways the pair communicates: the now two-year-old Owen, signaling Mzee to move to the left, nudges the 130-year-old turtle's left rear foot. The two also communicate in their own "language," a deep rumbling sound that is not intuitive to either species. The authors (a youngster, her father and the manager of the Kenyan park) do raise questions about how the friendship will progress, as Owen grows to his adult size of 7,000 pounds, and his caretakers worry that he could unintentionally harm Mzee. Nonetheless, readers of all ages will likely concur with the authors' observation: "No matter how things turn out, the story of their friendship will always remind the world that when you need a friend, one will be there for you." Youngsters will eagerly await the next chapter in this extraordinary companionship. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)

 
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