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In the wake of the devastating 2004 tsunami, a baby hippo was left homeless. But, rescued by villagers, Owen the hippo found a new home in a Kenyan wildlife sanctuary. There he made a friend - Mzee, a 130-year-old giant tortoise. Although the two never would have been friendly in nature, you and your reader can see how inseparable they are through heartwarming and adorable pictures that prove truth is more amazing than fiction.
Told by 6-year-old author Isabelle Hatkoff and her dad, this story naturally connects with kids and teaches readers of all ages a delightful lesson about friendship.
Recommended for ages three and up.
Hardcover, 40 pages. Published by Scholastic, 2006.
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