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Owen and Mzee

Owen and Mzee

by Craig Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, Dr. Paula Kahumbu

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.

* "Those who were captivated by Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship...will find this follow-up equally mesmerizing." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The photographs continue to be quite wonderful… Eager young readers can catch right up and be mesmerized, mystified and charmed." — Kirkus Reviews


8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Animal Stories, Series

About the Authors

Craig Hatkoff Craig Hatkoff is the cofounder of the Tribeca Film Festival and of Turtle Pond Publications. He has co-authored the best selling Owen & Mzee: the True Story of a Remarkable Friendship and Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship with his daughter, Isabella, and an ecolgoist, Dr. Paula Kahumbu.
Isabella Hatkoff
Dr. Paula Kahumbu Dr. Paula Kahumbu, co-author of the bestselling Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship and Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship, oversees Owen and Mzee's care in Mombasa, Kenya.

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