Owen and Mzee: the True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
Title: Owen and Mzee: the True Story of a Remarkable Friendship Author: Isabella Hatkoff, Craig hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu Photographs by Peter Greste Publisher / Date: Scholastic Press / 2006 Genre: Nonfiction, Picture Book Themes: friendship, animals, adaptation Summary: Remarkable true story of a baby hippo that was rescued from danger after being washed up on Kenya shore after the devastating tsunami of 2004. The authors tell how Owen was all alone when he was rescued. They took him to an animal sanctuary where Owen met Mzee, an Aldabra tortoise. Owen found comfort in the old turtle in the midst of his turmoil and the two have been inseparable ever since. Curriculum Connection: Grades K-5 Science: weather (effects of a tsunami), animal adaptation; Geography: Africa Notes: Remarkable photojournalism; wonderful read aloud and discussion starter!