Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

Hardcover | February 1, 2006

byCraig Hatkoff, Isabella HatkoffPhotographed byPeter Greste

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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.

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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 inse...

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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 inse...

CRAIG HATKOFF, the author of the New York Times bestseller Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, is the cofounder of the Tribeca Film Festival and of Turtle Pond Publications. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Manhattan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 9.79 × 10.92 × 0.44 inPublished:February 1, 2006Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0439829739

ISBN - 13:9780439829731

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching true story of an unlikely friendship. FANTASTIC!!! It celebrates friendship and the inexplicable reasons for some relationships! Beautiful photography! Excellent for animal lovers or those who like an uplifting story!
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated out of 5 by from IndigoKids Recommends: Experts' Favourites This is the true story of the unlikely paring of a baby hippo named Owen and a 130 year-old tortoise named Mzee (pronouced mm-zay). Owen was separted from his group as a result of the devastating tsunami in December 2004. After a difficult rescue operation, he was taken to a reserve in Mombasa, Kenya where he as been the constant companion of Mzee
Date published: 2006-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming and rejuvenating This book renews faith in the spirit of friendship. In a world where friendship and kindness sometimes take a backseat to the chaos of everyday life, this book is a beacon of hope. Two animals that could seriously harm one another come together in warmth and love that left me awestruck. I would recommend this book to every single person in the universe!
Date published: 2006-11-03

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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.