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Owen & Mzee: Language Of Friendship (edition 2007)

by Isabella Hatkoff (Author), Peter Greste (Photographer)

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Title:Owen & Mzee: Language Of Friendship
Authors:Isabella Hatkoff (Author)
Other authors:Peter Greste (Photographer)
Info:Scholastic Press (2007), Edition: First Edition, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Shelved in R.E. Bldg., T. R.=Teacher's Resource, Aldabra tortoise--behavior, social behavior in animals, animal behavior

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Owen & Mzee: Language Of Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff



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"When Isabella Hatkoff, at age 6, saw a photograph of Owen and Mzee, she asked her father, Craig Hatkoff, to help her write a book about them. [This book is the result of that request]. . . Dr. Paula Kahumbu, ecologist and conservationist, has devoted her life to studying wild animals and working to preserve and restore their fragile habitats. . .[She helped with this book]. . .Peter Greste is an internationally recognized broadcaster and photo-journalist. . .[His beautiful pictures complete this story]. . .It began in December 2004, when. . .[a] frightened young hippo, separated from his family by the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, adopted an ancient Aldabra tortoise as his 'mother.' And the old tortoise, for years a loner, accepted the baby hippo as his own. . .[Amazingly. . .the pair seem to have developed their own 'language' of soft sounds and gestures. . . Pronunciation guide included.
  uufnn | Mar 9, 2019 |
This informational book called Owen & Mzee The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship is very enjoyable and interesting for every reader in my opinion. Firstly, I loved this book because there are actual photographs to show the life of Hippopotamus Owen, and how it met Tortoise Mzee. On the third page, there is a picture of Owen stranded alone on a reef, which helps the reader really comprehend the severity of his predicament; a baby hippo stranded all alone on a reef, with no way of escape. Also, each photograph has a caption to describe exactly what is happening in the picture. On the fifth page, there is a photograph of a lot of people on their way to help Owen the hippo out of the reef. The caption says, “the cheers could be heard almost a mile away.” Not only does this help the reader see the rescue, but it also helps them imagine what the rescue would sound like. This method is extremely engaging, and makes the story more interesting. I also thought the story was told in a narrative voice to help capture the reader’s interests. Even with the narrative tone, facts were still presented. For example, it says, “ Since hippos are the most dangerous animals in Africa, and a full grown adult can weigh as much as 8,000 pounds, there was little the people could do.” In my opinion, because this book isn’t set up like a typical informational book it’s a lot more enjoyable for all readers, especially younger children. Overall, the message of this book is finding friendship in unexpected places. Normally in the wild Hippo’s and Tortoises aren’t compatible, but this story proves that sometimes you can find a friend anywhere, and differences shouldn’t prevent you from being friends with someone. ( )
  ShakelaWilliams | Mar 24, 2015 |
This true story tells the story of an unusual friendship between a tortoise and hippo. This informational book tells the story of when the two animals first did not get along, but as the transitions continued, the two become really good friends. ( )
  BayleeWestrick | Feb 2, 2015 |
Summary: This children's story is a true story of friendship and love between two unlikely animals. After a tsunami leaves a young hippo, Owen, orphaned, a old tortoise named Mzee accepts him into his habitat at a nature park. They soon become good friends that rely on each other for comfort and survival. They develop their own language and never want to be apart. They look out for each other and have become world famous for their story.

Argument: I believe this book is a great to have in the classroom for many reasons. First, it is an informational story that teaches children about different habitats, natural disasters, and animals. For example, along with mentioning it in the story, in the back of the book is information about the two animals, about Kenya and Malindi (with a map included), and more information about the nature reserve. Along with telling a great story, it is also giving a lot of information. I also like this book because it teaches children some of the native language Swahili, because this story takes place in Africa. It gives children an insight and perspective into another culture. For example, on page 7 it says, "But most of the time, Mzee, whose name in the Swahili language means "wise old man", is like a gentle guardian to Owen."
This book has one main message and overall theme of the story and that is friendship comes in all shapes and sizes and across all cultures and backgrounds. It doesn't matter what you look like or where you come from, anyone can be your friend. It also shows that friendship and love can heal all wounds especially ones of the heart. Owen had just suffered the loss of his family and Mzee was his companion to help him through. ( )
  stomas5 | Sep 1, 2014 |
This is such a fun story to share with children. The photography brings the story to life. Not only do children get to learn about hippos and tortoises, but they also get introduced to an amazing friendship between the two. This would be a great book to pair with a fiction book that is based on the same type of theme of two characters that aren't alike coming together to be friends. This is a great book to use to teach children that sometimes the best friends they will encounter will be the ones they had never expected. I also like that the setting of the story is in Kenya. Great opportunity to explore another country and culture. The vocabulary in the book is also very good. Children will learn words like sanctuary, boma, affection etc. ( )
  Jdwalker | Jun 1, 2014 |
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Hatkoff, Craigmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kahumbu, Paulamain authorall editionsconfirmed
Greste, PeterPhotographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This is true story of an orphaned hippo who forms an unlikely bond with a 130 year old tortoise at a wildlife refuge in Kenya.  This book details their friendship and how they have developed their own way of communicating.  The relationship between Owen and Mzee is a scientific mystery since reptiles do not typically have mothering instincts.  Photos are incredible!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439899591, Hardcover)

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.

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Continues the story of the unusual friendship between Owen, a young orphaned hippo, and Mzee, a 130-year old Aldabra tortoise.

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