A Mama for Owen

A Mama for Owen

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2007.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780689857874
Branch Call Number: j P ANIMALS BAUER M
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm.
Additional Contributors: Butler, John 1952-


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LiztheLibrarian Jan 26, 2018

This book is a very bittersweet story about an orphaned hippo and its adopted parent tortoise. Adorable illustrations with which kids and grownups alike will fall in love.

Jul 02, 2012

I love this book. It is a wonderful story. I took it to my dance class everyone LOVED it. :) I also like how it is true. It sad in some parts but it ends happy!!

RockTheBooks Feb 09, 2012

A hippo, who is separated from his mother, makes an unusual bond with a giant tortoise named Mzee. A great story of friendship and family. I recommend visting www.owenandmzee.com to see photos of the real-life Owen and Mzee!


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