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Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Inspirational story about friendship and eco-action.

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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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