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Nozibele and the three hairs Nozibele and the three hairs Nozibele et les trois cheveux
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Written by Tessa Welch

Illustrated by Wiehan de Jager

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 3

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A long time ago, three girls went out to collect wood.

A long time ago, three girls went out to collect wood.

Il y a longtemps, trois filles sont sorties pour aller chercher du bois.

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It was a hot day so they went down to the river to swim. They played and splashed and swam in the water.

It was a hot day so they went down to the river to swim. They played and splashed and swam in the water.

C'était une journée très chaude, alors elles sont descendues à la rivière pour nager. Elles ont joué, éclaboussé et nagé dans l'eau.

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Suddenly, they realised that it was late. They hurried back to the village.

Suddenly, they realised that it was late. They hurried back to the village.

Soudainement, elles se sont rendues compte qu'il était tard. Elles se sont dépêchées pour rentrer au village.

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When they were nearly home, Nozibele put her hand to her neck. She had forgotten her necklace! "Please come back with me!" she begged her friends. But her friends said it was too late.

When they were nearly home, Nozibele put her hand to her neck. She had forgotten her necklace! "Please come back with me!" she begged her friends. But her friends said it was too late.

Mais quand elles étaient presque rendues chez elles, Nozibele mit sa main sur son cou. Elle avait oublié son collier ! « S'il vous plaît, retourner avec moi ! » elle supplia ses amies. Mais ses amies lui dirent que c'était trop tard.

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So Nozibele went back to the river alone. She found her necklace and hurried home. But she got lost in the dark.

So Nozibele went back to the river alone. She found her necklace and hurried home. But she got lost in the dark.

Ainsi Nozibele retourna à la rivière toute seule. Elle trouva son collier et se dépêcha pour rentrer chez elle. Mais elle se perdit dans le noir.

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In the distance she saw light coming from a hut. She hurried towards it and knocked at the door.

In the distance she saw light coming from a hut. She hurried towards it and knocked at the door.

Au loin elle vit de la lumière qui venait d'une cabane. Elle se hâta vers la cabane et cogna à la porte.

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To her surprise, a dog opened the door and said, "What do you want?" "I'm lost and I need a place to sleep," said Nozibele. "Come in, or I'll bite you!" said the dog. So Nozibele went in.

To her surprise, a dog opened the door and said, "What do you want?" "I'm lost and I need a place to sleep," said Nozibele. "Come in, or I'll bite you!" said the dog. So Nozibele went in.

À sa surprise, un chien ouvra la porte et dit, « Qu'est-ce que tu veux ? » « Je suis perdue et j'ai besoin d'un endroit pour dormir, » dit Nozibele. « Rentre, sinon je te mords ! » dit le chien. Alors, Nozibele rentra.

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Then the dog said, "Cook for me!" "But I've never cooked for a dog before," she answered. "Cook, or I'll bite you!" said the dog. So Nozibele cooked some food for the dog.

Then the dog said, "Cook for me!" "But I've never cooked for a dog before," she answered. "Cook, or I'll bite you!" said the dog. So Nozibele cooked some food for the dog.

Puis le chien dit, « Fais-moi à manger ! » « Mais je n'ai jamais cuisiné pour un chien auparavant, » elle répondit. « Cuisine, sinon je te mords ! » dit le chien. Donc, Nozibele prépara de la nourriture pour le chien.

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Then the dog said, "Make the bed for me!" Nozibele answered, "I've never made a bed for a dog." "Make the bed, or I'll bite you!" the dog said. So Nozibele made the bed.

Then the dog said, "Make the bed for me!" Nozibele answered, "I've never made a bed for a dog." "Make the bed, or I'll bite you!" the dog said. So Nozibele made the bed.

Ensuite, le chien dit, « Fais le lit pour moi ! » Nozibele répondit, « Je n'ai jamais fait de lit pour un chien. » « Fais le lit, sinon je te mords ! » dit le chien. Donc, Nozibele fit le lit.

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Every day she had to cook and sweep and wash for the dog. Then one day the dog said, "Nozibele, today I have to visit some friends. Sweep the house, cook the food and wash my things before I come back."

Every day she had to cook and sweep and wash for the dog. Then one day the dog said, "Nozibele, today I have to visit some friends. Sweep the house, cook the food and wash my things before I come back."

Chaque jour, elle devait cuisiner et balayer et laver pour le chien. Puis un jour le chien dit, « Nozibele, aujourd'hui je dois rendre visite à des amis. Balaye la maison, fais à manger et lave mes choses avant que je revienne. »

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As soon as the dog had gone, Nozibele took three hairs from her head. She put one hair under the bed, one behind the door, and one in the kraal. Then she ran home as fast as she could.

As soon as the dog had gone, Nozibele took three hairs from her head. She put one hair under the bed, one behind the door, and one in the kraal. Then she ran home as fast as she could.

Aussitôt que le chien fut parti, Nozibele prit trois cheveux de sa tête. Elle en mit un sous le lit, un derrière la porte et un dans le kraal. Puis elle rentra chez elle en courant aussi vite qu'elle pouvait.

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When the dog came back, he looked for Nozibele. "Nozibele, where are you?" he shouted. "I'm here, under the bed," said the first hair. "I'm here, behind the door," said the second hair. "I'm here, in the kraal," said the third hair.

When the dog came back, he looked for Nozibele. "Nozibele, where are you?" he shouted. "I'm here, under the bed," said the first hair. "I'm here, behind the door," said the second hair. "I'm here, in the kraal," said the third hair.

Quand le chien revient, il chercha Nozibele. « Nozibele, où es-tu ? » il cria. « Je suis ici, sous le lit, » dit le premier cheveu. « Je suis ici, derrière la porte, » dit le deuxième cheveu. « Je suis ici, dans le kraal, » dit le troisième cheveu.

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Then the dog knew that Nozibele had tricked him. So he ran and ran all the way to the village. But Nozibele's brothers were waiting there with big sticks. The dog turned and ran away and has never been seen since.

Then the dog knew that Nozibele had tricked him. So he ran and ran all the way to the village. But Nozibele's brothers were waiting there with big sticks. The dog turned and ran away and has never been seen since.

Ainsi le chien sut que Nozibele l'avait trompé. Il courut et courut jusqu'au village. Mais les frères de Nozibele l'attendaient avec des gros bâtons. Le chien vira de bord et s'enfuit et il n'a pas été vu depuis.

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Written by: Tessa Welch
Illustrated by: Wiehan de Jager
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level 3
Source: Nozibele and the three hairs from African Storybook
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