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Parents' Guide to

Owen & Mzee

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship.

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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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