Owen and Mzee

The True Story of A Remarkable Friendship
Hatkoff, Isabella (Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Owen and Mzee

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The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world. 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.
Authors: Hatkoff, Isabella
Title: Owen and Mzee
the true story of a remarkable friendship
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 1 v. [unpaged] :,col. ill. ;,25 cm. x 28 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "This book has been adapted from the original e-book, Owen and Mzee, by co-authors Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu, which was first launched on the WNBC New York Five O'Clock News, April 29, 2005, as part of the Tribeca Film Festival"--T.p. verso.
Local Note: 5 6 7 15
Additional Contributors: Greste, Peter
Kahumbu, P. (Paula)
Hatkoff, Craig
ISBN: 0439829739
Statement of Responsibility: told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste
Subject Headings: Social behavior in animals Kenya Juvenile literature. Aldabra tortoise Behavior Kenya Juvenile literature. Hippopotamus Behavior Kenya Juvenile literature.
Topical Term: Social behavior in animals
Aldabra tortoise
LCCN: 2005021341
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May 27, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A truly great book about friendship between the biggest species of tortoise and a hippo.

Jan 23, 2013
  • angelflyer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing story of a giant tortoise, hatched from an egg and never mothered, adopting the orphaned hippo, the lone survivor of a dreadful flood.
If you like it, and everyone seems to be very touched, you will want to see what happens the next year in the sequel.

Oct 16, 2012
  • smoky9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really like this book because of its many pictures and that it is a totally true story

Such a cute story about a hippo and a tortoise who become friends. Based on a true story

If you like Owen & Mzee, try "Mama for Owen" by children picture book M. D. Bauer.

Jul 13, 2011
  • Jian Feng Wang rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's funny that Owen & Mzee play together.

Apr 02, 2009
  • awake88 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A heart-warming story about a little baby hippo named owen who is saved after the 2004 tsunami in the indian ocean (sri lanka)and is taken to a natianal park in kenya where there meets Mzee an 130 year old tortise liveing on at the park way before owen arrrive .

Aug 14, 2006
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When a baby hippo finds himself literally at sea and orphaned, a lot of people join in to help him find a good home. His fierce reaction covers his true fear - he is now alone in a world he doesn''t understand. But soon he will find comfort and friendship in a most unlikely way. The 130 year old tortoise in the Haller Zoo near Mombasa will become the hippo''s companion and savior. They are a very unlikely pair. Soon they are inseparable, eating and sleeping and bathing together. Each are the friend that the other has needed and as the book states - Our most important friends are sometimes those we least expected.


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May 27, 2014
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Oct 16, 2012
  • smoky9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 13, 2011
  • Jian Feng Wang rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Apr 02, 2009
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May 27, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

People used boats,ropes,fishing nets and even cars to rescue Owen he was a very heavy hippo.At first Mzee did not want Owen to follow him but Mzee then got use to it and they learned to be great friends.

Remarkable" seems too tame a word for this memorable book about a friendship between two wild creatures. Its genesis lay in Greste's photo of a baby hippo snuggling with a giant tortoise, which appeared in newspapers the month after the cataclysmic 2004 tsunami. Craig Hatkoff and his then six-year-old daughter, moved by that image and by the accompanying article, decided to learn more about these animal companions-and to write their story. They do so succinctly and smoothly, ably aided by Kahumbu, manager of the Kenyan animal sanctuary, Haller Park, where the two creatures now live. Greste's crisp, closely focused photos will instantly endear the title characters to readers. When the tsunami struck Kenya, Owen was separated from his mother and the rest of their pod and became stranded on a coral reef. Several spreads chronicle the hippo's difficult rescue and transport to the sanctuary. Once set loose, he immediately scrambled toward Mzee (the Swahili term for "wise old man"), a 130-year-old Aldabra tortoise: "Owen crouched behind Mzee, the way baby hippos often hide behind their mothers for protection." The unadorned text allows the facts themselves to move readers, making clear how the improbable bond between the now inseparable mammal and reptile has helped resilient Owen recover from his traumatic ordeal. ("Most [wildlife experts] have never heard of a mammal... and a reptile... forming such a strong bond.") Priceless images document the pair swimming together or nuzzling, their rough skins complementing each other. In several of Greste's photos, the two creatures appear to have genuine smiles on their faces. Readers will have the same. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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May 27, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

At first,Mzee crawled away but Owen wouldn't give up.That night owen and Mzee snuggled close together.


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