A Mama for Owen

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A Mama for Owen

By Marion Dane Bauer; John Butler (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Hardcover, 9780689857874, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2007

Description

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.



About the Author
Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book "On My Honor" and the "New York Times" bestseller "My Mother Is Mine". Her other titles include "A Mama for Owen", " If You Were Born a Kitten", " Grandmother s Song", and"Thank You for Me!" She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at MarionDaneBauer.com.

John Butler has illustrated over fifty children's books--among them Bless This Mouse (Handprint)--and has both written and illustrted another dozen, among them Wake Up, Sleepy Bear (Viking), Ten in the Meadow, and Ten in the Den.