MAMA: A True Story, in Which a Baby Hippo Loses His Mama During a Tsunami, But Finds a New Home, and a New Mama
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MAMA: A True Story, in Which a Baby Hippo Loses His Mama During a Tsunami, But Finds a New Home, and a New Mama

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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 ma...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Courtney
Jan 05, 2008 Courtney rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
i cried when i read this book at the library. a really heartfelt children's book depicting the true story of a baby hippo who is adopted by a turtle when he loses his mama. this makes me want to be a mother?!?!?
Amy Clinton
The book Mama is about a little hippo who got separated from his mother, and family of hippos, during a storm. As this little hippo searched and searched for his mother, he eventually found a turtle and became attached to him.

This is a great story to introduce a non-fiction story to children because it is a true story. Allowing the children to know that this actually happened can be a great way to show them the difference between fiction and non-fiction. It is a very cute story, and although it...more
Diane
Mama by Jeanette Winter is another sweet story, told basically through illustrations only, except for the words "mama and baby". On the last page of the book is a brief synopsis of what really occurred when a baby hippo became separated from his mother when the great waves hit following the tsunami. After struggling alone for several days, the baby hippo was rescued by Kenyan wildlife officers and brought to live in an animal refuge. There, the baby hippo adopted a new "mama", a 130-year-old gia...more
Malorie Lofgreen
A tsunami hits a group of hippos in 2004, separating a young hippo from his mother. The hippo goes throughout the story trying to find her, and ends up getting rescued from his loneliness and sorrow. He soon becomes extremely attached to a very old male tortoise and refers to him as his new "mama". This true story introduces the touching stories of adoption to children and explains a tragedy in a light hearted way. A great heart-warming children's book!
Randie
I assume this about Owen and Mzee, I love reading about this unique pair and I'm familiar with Winter...looking forward to reading this book!

Update: This is the story of Owen, a young hippo, who lost his Mama but found a new Mama (or friend) in Mzee, an old tortoise. Illustrations are simple, yet detailed enough to tell this touching story.
Paula
Beautifully illustrated book by Jeanette Winter about the little hippo who lost his mother in the 2004 Tsunami but finds a new mama in Kenya in a tortoise. The story of Owen and Mzee. SInce there is only one word it would be great for the little ones and could involve participation to say the word mama.
Thorn MotherIssues
A favorite for both our adopted daughter and foster children (ages 3-5), all of whom can read it to themselves and use the words and scenarios in their own play and to process their sadness about missing their families.
Julie Esanu
Great picture book about nature, tsunamis, and friendship. Pair with Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship for the non-fiction account of this story with photos of the hippo and turtle.
Tierra Garr
This is a cute story about a hippo who was separated from his mother from the tsunami near Indonesia. He was rescued, and grew fond of a giant tortoise that he met at a park he was sent to.
Steph
I think it's cool to read this IF you already know the story. It's a great companion book to the nonfiction Owen and Mzee story. Cute to read both of these stories! :)
Cynthia Buhler
This beautiful, heart wrenching book, uses only two words to tell a wonderful story. I love this book.
Amber
This book provides a great way to open conversations about loss and trauma with very young children.
Lauren Hahn
Really cute book! I like that this is an expository text that relies on pictures to convey the events.
Debrarian
I liked Owen and Mzee better, but this is a good picture book rendition of a complex, heartwrenching story.
Rachel
About a baby hippo who looses his mother in a tsunami so he adopts a turtle at a zoo as his mother.
Sara Taylor-hughes
Perfect for kindergarten. Note from the author is great addition. Hippos. Tsunami
Allison
Based on the true story of Owen and Mzee. Beautiful illustrations!
Christina
True story using very few words...more information at the end.
Crystal
This book will break your heart...no words neaded.
GraceAnne
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