Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

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Title: Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

 

Author: Isabelle Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, Dr. Paula Kahumbu

 

Pages: 32

Summary: Owen, a baby hippo stranded after the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, finds a friend in Mzee, a Aldabra tortoise, at Haller Park, a wild life sanctuary in Kenya. (pronounce Mzee: mm-ZAY)

Accompanying Discussion: Discuss friendship-can different types of people (or animals) be friends? Discuss what it can feel like to be in new surroundings, not knowing anyone. Talk about nonfiction–what are some nonfiction features in picture books (photographs, maps, etc.)

Accompanying Activities:  There are lots of great enrichment activities on the Owen & Mzee website, including some great coloring and activity pages!

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