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Honey... Honey... Lion! A Story from Africa Hardcover – August 25, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam; First Printing edition (August 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399244638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399244636
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–This title is based on the legend of the honeyguide, an African bird that leads an animal to a honeycomb and then shares the spoils once the stronger creature has broken it open. In Brett's version, Honeyguide takes revenge upon a greedy honey badger that refuses to share the sweet treat. She leads him on a merry chase that ends up not at a honeycomb but at the lair of a lion. Badger's pursuit of the honeyguide and flight from the lion are reminiscent of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, with each landmark and sound effect revisited on the return journey. Brett has created another lush winner with beautifully detailed illustrations of the animals and a clear, fast-paced story. Honeyguide's anger and subsequent punishment of Badger is witnessed by the other animals that form a bush telegraph, passing news along from individual to individual. This process is visualized on the edges of each page in typical Brett style–a story within a story. This lovely title works equally well for storyhours or for one-on-one sharing. Readers interested in other versions of the legend can check out Francesca Martin's The Honey Hunters (Candlewick, 1994).–Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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PreS-Gr. 2. Honeyguide, an African bird, has always helped her friend Badger find honey, and in turn, the team always devours the sweet hives together. One day, Badger greedily consumes the honey himself, so his feathered friend gets mad. The next day she leads Badger on a wild hunt for what he thinks is honey. Through the baobab roots ("Pitter, patter!"), into the water hole ("Splish, splash!"), over the termite mound ("Sprong!"), and straight into an acacia bush, the resting spot of a soon-to-be-angry lion, which readers can see by lifing a flap. Brett brings her traditionally ornate style to an African setting, specifically Botswana's Okavango Delta, forming patterns with skins, seeds, and feathers to craft her careful borders. Side panels reveal myriad African animals spreading the news through the plains of Badger's betrayal via "bush telegraph," from elephant to hippo, hippo to warthog, warthog to hyena. Badger and Honeyguide's sound-effect-filled trek guarantees a lively read-aloud. Karin Snelson
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More About the Author

Jan Brett is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gingerbread Friends, The Three Snow Bears, and The Mitten, as well as many other classics. She lives in Norwell, Massachusetts.

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The story is great and kids love it!
Trish
I look for stories that have a moral and teach something so this fit my agenda.
jang
Yet another delightful and beautiful Jan Brett book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Shellhase on September 20, 2006
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not a true representation of the fierceness of a Honey badger (Ratel) in the wild. Even leopards don't mess with them; neither will a lion. Badgers are fierce animals, loyal to their families, and great hunters on their own. Honey is just a treat; a dessert, though it is true a Ratel will work with a Pilot bird to find the honey caches.

That said, this story is based on an African tale and teaches a lesson in sharing. Not only is the coloring and look of an African badger correct, the trees, plants, and other animals are, too. (I know having been to Africa)

So, as a story, moral tale, and example of elaborate illustrations, this book is quite excellent. It's up there with Wind in the Willows, the Foxwood series, Percy the Parkkeeper stories, and many, many more that feature the badger for a juvenile audience.

If you want more accurate information about badgers, there are many other factual books available for children and adults.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 24, 2006
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The book takes place in Africa. It is a great book because the Honey Guide tricks the badger. The illustrations are beautiful and nice. We like the pictures of the African animals. We also like the clues that Jan Brett gave us on the sides.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lynn yaple on December 8, 2005
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Honey...Honey...Lion is this year's perfect book for young animal and nature lovers. Although the animals' interactions are not, of course, accurate, the background habitat is immediately recognizable to those who love this part of Africa. Needless to say, the illustrations are beautifully drawn by the amazing Ms. Brett. The book slowly presents the story, the surroundings, and pictures of the animals involved, then reinforces this new knowledge in reverse order. The names of each animal are then given on a last summary page. The manner of presentation will make the information highly accessible to children of this age, and the story line will appeal to their strong interest in fairness.
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Great children's book - Her illustrations are always wonderful. I used the book in Storytime and gave instruments to the children, so there was a lot of interaction.
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The artwork is great, as per usual for Jan Brett. I raise guineas so this was what attracted me to this book, besides having almost all of her other books. The story is simple enough and she obviously got her information correct from the source. It is nice to see how she did research the information presented in the book. I would recommend this to anyone with younger children and those who appreciate art, especially that drawing animal life other than dogs and cats. Very accurate and full of detail.
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By coop on July 21, 2013
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I had never heard of this book before but it was very good and had a great lesson to be learned.
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By jang on June 22, 2013
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I love Jan Brett and this was a very fun story about sharing. I look for stories that have a moral and teach something so this fit my agenda. I always enjoy learning about animals and people from a different place that I live so Jan Brett has a way of teaching, without really knowing that she is teaching, about something real.
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By Lloyd on June 13, 2013
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i bought this book for my youngest daughter and we can both agree that it was worth it! i would never second guess buying this!!
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