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Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
Contributor(s):Hatkoff, Isabella (Author) , Hatkoff, Craig M (Author) , Kahumbu, Paula (Author) , Greste, Peter (Photographer)
 

ISBN: 0439829739   EAN: 9780439829731
Publisher: Scholastic Press
US SRP: $ 16.99 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Language(s): English
Pub Date: 02/01/2006
Annotation: 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, ...

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Additional Information
OCLC Number: OCLC#224576253
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Mammals
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Reptiles & Amphibians
LC Subjects:
-Hippopotamus -Behavior
-Kenya -Aldabra tortoise
-Social behavior in animals
INGRAM Categories:
- Cultural Region | East Africa
Awards: Flicker Tale Children's Book Award | Winner | Upper Grades Nonfiction | 2007 - 2007 ; Grand Canyon Reader Award | Nominee | Nonfiction | 2008 - 2008 ; Book Sense Book of the Year Award | Winner | Children's Illustrated | 2007 - 2007 ; Monarch Award | Nominee | Grades K-3 | 2008 - 2008 ; Keystone to Reading Book Award | Nominee | Intermediate | 2008 - 2008 ; Nautilus Award | Winner | Children's | 2007 - 2007 ; Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award | Nominee | Children's | 2008 - 2008 ; Rhode Island Children's Book Awards | Nominee | Grades 3-6 | 2008 - 2008 ; Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens | Recommended | Seven to Ten | 2007 - 2007 ; Virginia Readers Choice Award | Nominee | Elementary | 2009 - 2009 ; Buckaroo Book Award | Second Place | Children's | 2007 - 2008
Dewey: 599.635139
LC Call Number: QL737.U57
LCCN: 2005021341
Features: Dust Cover, Maps, Illustrated, Price on Product, Ikids
Target Age Group: 04 to 08
Physical Info: 0.36" H x 9.72" L x 10.82" W (1.01 lbs) 40 pages
Carton Quantity: 20  

Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Publishers Weekly (02/13/2006):
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.)" Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal (05/01/2006):
K-Gr 5 -When the six-year-old contributor to this book saw the photograph documenting the extraordinary friendship between a baby hippo (Owen) and a 130-year-old giant tortoise (Mzee), she persuaded her father to help tell their story. Originally an e-book, the hardcover version begins with images of the duo, whetting readers - appetite and providing reassurance as the potentially disturbing plot unfolds. After a scene depicting a pod of hippos near the Sabuki River in Kenya, the text describes the 600-pound baby -s displacement and separation from the group during the 2004 tsunami. Children witness the challenging rescue and meet the knowledgeable staff at an animal sanctuary. From Owen -s first approach for protection to Mzee -s unexpected tolerance, the photographs, mostly by BBC photojournalist Greste, capture the pair eating, swimming, snuggling, and playing together. Their contentment and peace are palpable. Because it is sensitively structured, with careful choices about what is emphasized and illustrated, the situation does not overwhelm readers. The text and the back matter are brimming with information about the animals, their caregivers, and the locale. This touching story of the power of a surprising friendship to mitigate the experience of loss is full of heart and hope. A worthy complement is Ann Morris and Heidi Larson -s glimpse at a human family -s loss and recovery in "Tsunami: Helping Each Other" (Millbrook, 2005)." -Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library" Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Booklist (05/15/2006):
Gr. 1-3. Originally published as an e-book, this photo-essay was conceived when Craig Hatkoff and his seven-year-old daughter encountered a newspaper article about a baby hippo orphaned by the 2005 Indonesian tsunami. Parent, child, and a naturalist they consulted are credited as coauthors. The story has a simple, direct appeal: the hippo is dramatically rescued and brought to a Kenyan nature preserve, where it forms a surprising bond with a giant tortoise. Inspirational language about "the power of courage, love, and the preciousness of life" clutters the powerful facts, and not all of the photos are equally crisp and closely cued to the text. But children will nonetheless embrace the incident's compelling anthropomorphic elements, thoughtfully framed by the authors, and will exclaim over the images of the winsome baby and its grizzled surrogate parent. Adults hoping to share the story with young readers may find this preferable to Jeanette Winter's picture book inspired by the same event, " Mama "(2006), which more starkly emphasizes the trauma of the tsunami itself.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2006, American Library Association.)

Hornbook Guide to Children (07/01/2006):
A nonfiction account of the relationship that inspired Jeanette Winter's [cf2]Mama[cf1], this photo-documentary is a child-friendly portrait of the orphaned hippo that bonded with an aged tortoise in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The color photos are large and clear; though let down by excessive and sentimental anthropomorphism, the text is informative. (Copyright 2006 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

Brief Description:
"This book has been adapted from the original e-book, Owen and Mzee ... 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.

Brief Description:
Tells the unlikely true story of a 130-year-old tortoise who "adopted" a traumatized and orphaned baby hippo after the 2004 tsunami.

Biographical Note:
Craig Hatkoff is the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and of Turtle Pond Publications. Both Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship and Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship are New York Times bestsellers. He lives with his wife and their two daughters in Manhattan.
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. Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship was published in the spring of 2006 and became an international phenomonen. She lives in Manhattan with her family


Review Quotes:
PW Starred
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.)

SLJ Starred
K-Gr 5-When the six-year-old contributor to this book saw the photograph documenting the extraordinary friendship between a baby hippo (Owen) and a 130-year-old giant tortoise (Mzee), she persuaded her father to help tell their story. Originally an e-book, the hardcovero

Publisher Marketing:
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.

Review Citations:
  • Publishers Weekly 02/13/2006 pg. 89 (EAN 9780439829731, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 05/01/2006 pg. 402 (EAN 9780439829731, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 05/01/2006 pg. 111 (EAN 9780439829731, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Booklist 05/15/2006 pg. 48 (EAN 9780439829731, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2006 pg. 400 (EAN 9780439829731, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2006 pg. 286 (EAN 9780439829731, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2010 pg. 428 (EAN 9780439829731, Hardcover)

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Honors & Awards
Winner of Flicker Tale Children's Book Award


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