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    Looking for Miza: The True Story of the Mountain Gorilla Family Who Rescued One of Their Own (EBK)

    Looking for Miza: The True Story of the Mountain Gorilla Family Who Rescued One of Their Own (EBK)

    by Julianna Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu and Peter Greste

    Miza is a baby gorilla. This is her story.

    In a magical place called Congo, in the beautiful forests and jungles of Virunga National Park, lives a young female mountain gorilla named Miza. She is just like any other baby gorilla, riding on her mother's back, playing, taking naps. Then one day when Miza and her mother are out searching for food, Miza's mother disappears, leaving her baby alone and frightened. Miza's father, a fierce silverback named Kabirizi and the leader of Virunga's largest family of mountain gorillas, sets out to find Miza.

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    Owen and Mzee: The Language of Friendship (EBK)

    Owen and Mzee: The Language of Friendship (EBK)

    by Craig Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu

    In December 2004, a one-year-old hippo named Owen was separated from his family by a tsunami. Rescued by villagers, baby Owen was too young to fend for himself, so he was moved to Haller Park animal sanctuary and placed in a pen with Mzee, an old Aldabra tortoise. Despite all their differences, Owen and Mzee quickly grew close. The pair became inseparable, and what's even more remarkable is that they developed their own way of communicating.

    They nudge or gently nip each other when they want one another to move. More amazing still, they call back and forth to each other in sounds that hippos and tortoises don't typically make. It seems that these friends have created their own language, one that only they understand.

    With lots of beautiful color photographs that show the pair in fine detail, this portrait of friendship is touching and inspiring.

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Owen and Mzee

The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

Author: Craig Hatkoff , Isabella Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu

Illustrator: Peter Greste

Photographs by: Peter Greste

Series: Owen And Mzee

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Series, Animal Stories

Friends and Friendship, Hippos and Rhinos, Turtles, Africa

About This Book

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.

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award
New York Times bestseller
ALA Notable Children's Book

* "'Remarkable' seems too tame a word for this memorable book about a friendship between two wild creatures."
— Publishers Weekly
, starred review

* "This touching story of the power of a surprising friendship to mitigate the experience of loss is full of heart and hope. " — School Library Journal, starred review


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