Publisher description for A mama for Owen / by Marion Dane Bauer ; illustrated by John Butler.

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Owen the baby hippo and his mama were best friends. They loved to play hide-and-seek on the banks of the Sabaki River in Africa. That was all before the tsunami came and washed Owen's world away.

But after the rain stops, Owen befriends Mzee, a grayish brown tortoise. He plays with him, snuggles with him, and decides he just might turn out to be his best friend and a brand-new mama.

Inspired by the tsunami of 2004, acclaimed storyteller Marion Dane Bauer and celebrated illustrator John Butler depict this heartwarming true tale of healing, adoption, and rebirth -- with splendid illustrations and oodles of love.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Hippopotamus -- Juvenile fiction.
Hippopotamus -- Fiction.
Turtles -- Fiction.
Parental behavior in animals -- Fiction.
Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004 -- Fiction.
Tsunamis -- Fiction.