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Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

Series: Owen And Mzee
by Craig Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff Illustrated by Peter Greste

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

Ages
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Lexile Measure
AD920L
DRA
40
Guided Reading
R
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
40
Genre
Informational Text

About the Authors and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag 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 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.
Peter Greste Peter Greste is the photo-illustrator of the bestselling Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship and Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship

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