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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Warm message about the power of love -- and how one friendship gave people hope when they needed it most.
Violence & Scariness
A baby hippo is separated from his mother because of the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami. The hippo, Owen, must be restrained in order to transport him to a new animal sanctuary -- and is shown under a net in one picture. In the appendix, the authors discuss the 175,000 people who died because of the tsunami.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that a baby hippo is separated from his mother because of the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami. The hippo, Owen, must be restrained for transport to a new animal sanctuary and is shown under a net in one picture. In the appendix, the authors discuss the 175,000 people who died because of the tsunami.
Is It Any Good?
Kids will love the story of two giant animals becoming friends. Though the photographs aren't particularly sharp (this book was adapted from an e-book), kids probably will coo over pictures of Owen tickling Mzee's neck, or the two giants sleeping next to one another. There are a lot of details and pictures about Owen's rescue and the animal sanctuary workers -- and kids might be anxious to get to the stuff about the animals' friendship.
The appendix explains where the story takes place and what happened during the tsunami. Parents may wish to share some of these details with their kids before reading them the story. Though this is a picture book, it's really best for school-age kids who will get the most out of this story and its inspiring lesson: "Even though terrible unexpected things happen, the power of courage, love, and the preciousness of life will prevail."
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