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

ISBN: 0439899591   EAN: 9780439899598
Publisher: Scholastic Press
US SRP: $ 16.99 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Language(s): English
Pub Date: 01/01/2007
Annotation: This exciting follow-up to the "New York Times" bestseller "Owen & Mzee" continues the true story about an orphaned baby hippo named Owen and the 130-year-old giant tortoise, Mzee. This book traces their first year together. Full color.

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Additional Information
OCLC Number: OCLC#225452466
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Mammals
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Reptiles & Amphibians
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Issues | Friendship
LC Subjects:
-Hippopotamus -Behavior
-Kenya -Aldabra tortoise
-Social behavior in animals
INGRAM Categories:
- Cultural Region | East Africa
- Topical | Friendship
Awards: Christopher Awards | Winner | Books for Young People | 2008 - 2008 ; Garden State Children's Book Awards | Winner | Children's Nonfiction | 2010 - 2010
Dewey: 599.635139
LC Call Number: QL737.U57
LCCN: 2006015612
Features: Dust Cover, Maps, Illustrated, Price on Product, Ikids
Initial Print Run: 7500
Target Age Group: 04 to 08
Physical Info: 0.52" H x 9.72" L x 10.98" W (0.99 lbs) 40 pages
Carton Quantity: 20  

Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Booklist (12/15/2006):
For somewhat older readers than Marion Dane Bauer's " A Mama for Owen" (2007), this book updates children on its famous subjects through crisp, immediate photos taken at the Kenyan refuge they call home. The same complicated supporting cast is featured in this book, including a father-daughter team; a naturalist from the refuge; and photojournalist Greste, whose photos here are more varied, abundant, and consistent in quality than before. Along with assuring children that the bond between Owen and Mzee is "stronger than ever," the authors chronicle the animals' system of communication, involving nudges, nips, and even a special kind of call. Libraries that own the first title will certainly want to add this title; those that don't may wish to purchase just this one, which gives the necessary context and duplicates some elements from the earlier book, while extending the information--through references to naturalists' concerns about Owen's need to interact with other hippos, and about Mzee's safety as his companion grows to his 7,000-pound size--in a way that moves beyond the pat, heartwarming aspects of the incident to ask fascinating questions about animal behavior. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2006, American Library Association.)

Publishers Weekly (11/13/2006):
Those who were captivated by "Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship"about the bond between a baby hippo orphaned by the 2004 tsunami and an adult tortoise living in the same Kenyan sanctuarywill find this follow-up equally mesmerizing. Again, Greste's crisp color photographs reveal these inseparable animal companions at remarkably close range. A standout sequence of nine frames allows readers to observe one of the unique ways the pair communicates: the now two-year-old Owen, signaling Mzee to move to the left, nudges the 130-year-old turtle's left rear foot. The two also communicate in their own "language," a deep rumbling sound that is not intuitive to either species. The authors (a youngster, her father and the manager of the Kenyan park) do raise questions about how the friendship will progress, as Owen grows to his adult size of 7,000 pounds, and his caretakers worry that he could unintentionally harm Mzee. Nonetheless, readers of all ages will likely concur with the authors' observation: "No matter how things turn out, the story of their friendship will always remind the world that when you need a friend, one will be there for you." Youngsters will eagerly await the next chapter in this extraordinary companionship. Ages 4-8. "(Jan.)" Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal (02/01/2007):
K-Gr 4 "Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship" (Scholastic, 2006) chronicled the fascinating story of a baby hippo who was orphaned by the December 2004 tsunami and the bond he formed with Mzee, a 130-year-old Alhambra tortoise at a wildlife sanctuary in Kenya. This sequel updates readers on the status of that friendship a year and a half later, particularly with regard to the way this unusual duo has learned to communicate with one another. They apparently call back and forth, making sounds that hippos and tortoises do not usually make. The authors honestly discuss the issues that will face these two friends in the future, as their caretakers become increasingly concerned that Owen could become a danger to Mzee as he continues to grow. Other problems and possible solutions are discussed. The text is clearly written and accompanied by numerous high-quality, full-color photos of this unique pair. Children captivated by the first book will be thrilled to discover this one, and enough background information is provided so that readers coming to the story for the first time will be comfortable. A first purchase for most libraries."Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ" Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Brief Description:
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.

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.

Review Quotes:
PW STARRED
Those who were captivated byOwen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship -about the bond between a baby hippo orphaned by the 2004 tsunami and an adult tortoise living in the same Kenyan sanctuary-will find this follow-up equally mesmerizing. Again, Greste's crisp color photographs reveal these inseparable animal companions at remarkably close range. A standout sequence of nine frames allows readers to observe one of the unique ways the pair communicates: the now two-year-old Owen, signaling Mzee to move to the left, nudges the 130-year-old turtle's left rear foot. The two also communicate in their own "language," a deep rumbling sound that is not intuitive to either species. The authors (a youngster, her father and the manager of the Kenyan park) do raise questions about how the friendship will progress, as Owen grows to his adult size of 7,000 pounds, and his caretakers worry that he could unintentionally harm Mzee. Nonetheless, readers of all ages will likely concur with the authors' observation: "No matter how things turn out, the story of their friendship will always remind the world that when you need a friend, one will be there for you." Youngsters will eagerly await the next chapter in this extraordinary companionship. Ages 4-8.(Jan.)
Kirkus
In 2005, this father-daughter team, with the ecologist and the photographer, chronicled the
irresistible story of the baby hippopotamus, orphaned by the December 2004 tsunami, which
imprinted on the more-than-a-century-old Aldabra tortoise in a nature preserve in Kenya. Owen and
Mzee's story continues, with unexpected communication and devotion between the animals and the
unexpected difficulties (Owen acts much more like a tortoise than a hippo). The photographs continue
to be quite wonderful, and it is hard not to agree with the astonishment in the text: These animals
communicate, play, eat and live together, though they are utterly dissimilar in every way. Their story

Publisher Marketing:
The in-demand follow-up to the New York Times bestseller, OWEN & MZEE, the friendship that has touched millions around the world.
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.

Review Citations:
  • Publishers Weekly 11/13/2006 pg. 56 (EAN 9780439899598, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Kirkus Review - Children 12/15/2006 pg. 1269 (EAN 9780439899598, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 12/15/2006 pg. 51 (EAN 9780439899598, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • School Library Journal 02/01/2007 pg. 108 (EAN 9780439899598, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2007 pg. 253 (EAN 9780439899598, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2007 pg. 31 (EAN 9780439899598, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2007 pg. 404 (EAN 9780439899598, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2010 pg. 428 (EAN 9780439899598, Hardcover)

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