A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The story not only teaches that unusual friendships can develop among animals, but also that they can learn to communicate with each other. End notes also teach about Kenya, the Haller Park animal preserve, hippos, and the Aldabra tortoise.
The amazing friendship of Owen and Mzee shows that friends come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the best friendships are the unexpected ones. Friends, even animal friends, can develop special ways of communicating. Also, this book has a strong message about the importance of restoring wildlife habitats.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this second Owen and Mzee book recaps, and continues, the story told in the bestselling book Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship.
Is It Any Good?
The story of Owen and Mzee is an amazing one in itself, and these authors and their photographer did a wonderful job of capturing it for the rest of us. The writing is informative, not too simple, not too complicated, and the captioned photos are fascinating, and genuine; Nothing is posed here. In one photo the lumbering tortoise walks down a forest path with the hippo by his side, another shows them nestled up together, a string of others show ways they are communicating. This is photo-journalism at its effective best. Though technically this is a sequel to the first book, it does recap the whole story thus far and can be read on its own.
Photographs by photo-journalist Peter Greste give a very realistic and sensitve look into the world of Owen and Mzee. Especially fascinating is the series of photos depicting the various ways the two animals communicate with each other.
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