Title: A Mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer
Bibliography: Bauer, M. D. (2007). A mama for Owen. New York: Simon & Schuster
Books for Young Readers.
Annotation: The picture book, A Mama for Owen written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by John Bulter is inspirational story about the relationship between unsuspecting friends, a hippo and a tortoise. When Owen, the baby hippo’s mother is washed away by a tsunami he befriends Mzee. I chose this book for a thematic study on relationships because it highlights the notion that despite differences, anyone can be a friend to anyone, even a tortoise and a hippo. It also incorporates a culturally relevant pedagogy as it celebrates diversity, as opposed to ignoring or overlooking it.
Grade Level: 1-3
Readers who will like this book: Young readers who enjoy an uplifting story highlighting the powers of friendship will love the tale of the hippo and the tortoise.
Personal Response and rating: 4; this book takes an unfortunate reality, the death of parents, and focuses on possible positive outcomes of such a travesty in a kid-friendly manner.
Question: Have you ever befriended someone that you did not expect to be friends with?