David Read

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

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The Hornbill and the Mongoose - Hondo Hondo na Nguchiro

An authentic Masai story in English and KiSwahili

written by David Read

translated by Grayson A Mbwambo

edited by Birgit Hendry

illustrated by Michael Mmbuji


The Hornbill and the Mongoose is an authentic Masai story, written for children. It tells the story of a very special relationship between two different species of animals. The text is in English and KiSwahili. The story is followed by some interesting facts about hornbills and mongooses 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.