David Read

author, guide, farmer, soldier, father, grandfather and gentleman



The Honey Bird - Ndege kwa Asali

An authentic Masai story in English and KiSwahili

written by David Read

edited by Birgit Hendry

illustrated by Michael Mmbuji

The Honey Bird is an authentic Masai story, written for children. It tells the story of how the Masai and the honey bird work together. The text is in English and KiSwahili.

The story is followed by some interesting facts about the Masai and Ndorobo tribes in East Africa.

Available on www.amazon.com

(square version) in selected shops in Arusha, Tanzania and from the author (rectangular version)

David Read, born to British parents in Kenya in 1922, spent most of his childhood with the Masai tribe in the famous wilderness area which is known today as the Serengeti. David, speaking the Masai language fluently, is a treasure trove of information about the tribe’s history, legends, ceremonies and lifestyle.