My Favourite Picture Book
It wasn't easy for me to choose a favourite picture book but in honour of Megan Bickel's Favourite Picture Book Blogfest, this one definitely came to mind.
This heartwarming picture book, A Mama for Owen, written by Marion Dane Bauer, and illustrated by John Butler, is one of my favourites. It was published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, in 2007.
It is based on a true story of a young African hippopotamus named Owen, separated by his mother in the Indian Ocean Tsunami, in 2004.
Owen befriends a giant tortoise named Mzee, which means 'old man' in Swahili. Soon this unlikely pair, swim together, sleep together, and eat together.
What I love most about this story, is that Mzee doesn't seem to mind that Owen has chosen him, a 130 year old male tortoise, to be his mother.
The illustrations by John Butler, change from a soft grey/blue during the devastating tsunami, to a beautiful golden yellow depicting hope and survival.
There's no denying that this amazing story pulls on the heart strings and like many true stories, it demands to be told! It sits proudly on my bookshelf and reminds me to be grateful for the wonderful surprises in life and that good situations can still come out of bad.