Synopses & Reviews
The African plains provide a stunning environment for Jan Brett's latest animal adventure. For as long as anyone can remember, the honeyguide bird and the African honey badger have been partners when it comes to honey:Honeyguide finds the honeycomb, Badger breaks it open, and they share the sweetness inside.
But this day, Badger keeps all the honey for himself. Foolish Badger!
In no time, Honeyguide leads Badger on a fast chase. Badger thinks it's for honey; but Honeyguide has a surprise waiting for her greedy friend.
As they swim across a pond, push through a thicket of reeds, leap over a huge anthill, a menagerie of exotic animals passes the news along in a kind of animal Bush Telegraph. Finally Badger faces a lift-the-flap page, revealing the twist that teaches Badger a lesson. Can you guess who's under that flap?
Honey . . . Honey . . . Lion! will surely become a family favorite for readers of all ages.
"Brett's (The Umbrella) intricately detailed watercolor and gouache art spotlights the wildlife of Botswana's Okavango Delta, where the winged honeyguide, a sparrow-like bird, and a honey badger (whose markings resemble a skunk's) 'are partners when it comes to honey.' The little bird routinely guides Badger to beehives, where he uses his strong claws to break open the honeycomb and 'together they share the sweetness.' But one day, after Badger refuses to share, and the sly bird teaches him a lesson. She leads Badger over land and water crying, 'Honey, honey, honey!' and brings him to an acacia tree. However, with a lift of the flap, readers discover that the tree's low-hanging branches camouflage not a hive but rather a ferocious-looking lion (one paw in evidence offers a clue). 'Lion, lion, lion!' reads the text as the angry cat chases Badger ('Swish, swish through the grass... Boom, boom over the hollow log') while Brett offers readers a stunning tour of this diverse and unique landscape. Badger reaches his burrow in the nick of time, and the delta's denizens spread the tale's humorous yet important moral about the importance of expressing appreciation. The spry narrative incorporates sound effects that make this a natural read-aloud, and the high spot is surely Brett's meticulous renderings of African animals and vegetation, presented against a parchment-like backdrop and framed by striking borders featuring beads and feathers. Readers may well feel as if they, like the author, have visited breathtaking Botswana. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
For as long as anyone can remember, the honeyguide bird and the African honey badger have been partners when it comes to honey. Honeyguide finds the honeycomb, Badger breaks it open, and they share the sweetness inside. But this day, Badger keeps the honey for himself.