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Mama for Owen Hardcover – March 27, 2007
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However, the story starts by showing Owen and his real Mama playing and loving together. And then the rains come and flood their African river, and Owen is swept out to sea. THIS IS A TRAUMATIC CONCEPT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN - THE IDEA THAT MAMA CAN BE TAKEN FROM A CHILD FOREVER. The story does not specifically mention real mama's demise, but it does show a frantic Owen in the sea, and real Mama does not come back.
Owen is next shown on a deserted beach, forlorn and alone. While the true story is that he was rescued by humans and transported to a sanctuary, in this version he sees something in the grass that looks like his Mama! He is so happy that he goes to it and snuggles down for a long nap, only to discover it is the tortoise Mzee. I am not sure exactly what the title is supposed to mean - Owen made a FRIEND in Mzee. Mzee does not feed nor care for Owen as a Mama does. The story shows him playing hide and go seek with Mzee, just as he has played it with his real Mama, and sleeping next to Mzee, just like with his real Mama.
I made the mistake of sitting down to read this book to the class without reading the text first. I DO NOT recommend this story in this version for young children, although I give it 3 stars for the beautiful illustrations.Read more ›
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A Great Children's Book that Shares the Magic of Unconditional Love and True Friendship that Every Living Creature Deserves.Published 10 months ago by RABART
Great book! We have a tortoise so it was extra special for our granddaughter.Published 16 months ago by Karen M. Sucato
As a former library clerk, I was familiar with the non-fiction children's books about Owen and Mzee. Read morePublished 19 months ago by alje1081
Fascinating true story that children from age 3 - adults enjoy. A added feature is it sends a special message about friendship.Published on July 21, 2014 by karen
Wonderful story for a thoughtful toddler. It works especially well because my grandson's name is Owen. However, he would have liked the story no matter what the hippo's name was. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Big Foot