A True Story in Which A Baby Hippo Loses His Mama During the Tsunami, but Finds A New Home and A New Mama

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Set during the devastating tsunami of 2004, MAMA is the touching true story of a baby hippo that was separated from his mother when the wave hit. After struggling alone for several days, the baby was rescued by Kenyan wildlife officers and brought to live in an animal refuge. There, all by himself, he adopted a new "mother"--that just happened to be a 130-year-old giant male tortoise. And they've been inseparable ever since.

Although MAMA takes place against the backdrop of a terrible human tragedy, at the heart of this story is a moving and original tale of adoption--and of finding love and companionship in the least likely of circumstances.
Includes an author's note.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2006.
ISBN: 9780152054953
Characteristics: [32] p. :,col. ill. ;,20 x 24 cm.


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LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

Based on a true story, this sweet picture book is a great simple explanation of how things happened for this sweet hippo.

Sep 14, 2015

This is a variation of the Owen & Mezee story for early readers. I would use the original Owen & Mezee text for whole class instruction, and supplement with Mama, or use Mama to contrast how the same story can be told from another perspective. If you have a subscription, Reading A-Z also has an adapted version of this story. Useful for teaching themes of friendship or addressing disasters such as tsunami.

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