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In Africa the honeyguide and the
honey badger are partners: The honeyguide finds the honeycomb and the
honey badger cracks it open with its strong claws. They share the
sweetness, and that is the way it has always been.
But this day, greedy Badger gulps down all the honey!
Honeyguide is not happy. As the news spreads from animal to animal,
Honeyguide hatches a plan. The next day she leads Badger off
on a rollicking chase, but this time Badger is in for a not-so-sweet
Fans of The Mitten and The Umbrella will delight in
these two original characters as they race across the stunning Okavango
Delta filled with exotic animals.
Jan Brett and her husband, Joe, have visited Botswana
three times. Their guide, Ali Tiego, told them the true story
of the honeyguide, and then the legend--if you don't share the honey, the
next time the honeyguide will lead you to a lion! Ali taught us that
large cats could be hiding anywhere, especially under the candle pod
acacia. Jan says. "In Tswana, the language of Botswana, this shrub
is called 'the house of the lion.'"
How does the news travel without any telephones?
"It's a bush telegraph," we were told. Ali is always listening to the
sounds. The yelp of a jackal or a guinea hen's cackle spells
out a whole story--if you know how to listen.