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Tom the banana seller Tom the banana seller Tom le vendeur de bananes

Written by Humphreys Odunga

Illustrated by Zablon Alex Nguku

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 2

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Tom carries a tray of ripe bananas.

Tom carries a tray of ripe bananas.

Tom transporte un plateau de bananes mures.


Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

Tom va au marché pour vendre des bananes.


People at the market are buying fruit.

People at the market are buying fruit.

Les gens au marché achètent des fruits.


But no one is buying Tom’s bananas. They prefer to buy fruit from women.

But no one is buying Tom's bananas. They prefer to buy fruit from women.

Mais personne n'achète les bananes de Tom. Ils préfèrent acheter leurs fruits des femmes.


“In our community, only women sell fruit,” people say. “What kind of a man is this?” people ask.

"In our community, only women sell fruit," people say. "What kind of a man is this?" people ask.

« Dans notre communauté, seulement les femmes vendent des fruits, » les gens disent. « Quelle sorte d'homme est celui-ci ? » les gens demandent.


But Tom does not give up. He calls, “Buy my bananas! Buy my sweet ripe bananas!”

But Tom does not give up. He calls, "Buy my bananas! Buy my sweet ripe bananas!"

Mais Tom ne démissionne pas. Il crie, « Achetez mes bananes ! Achetez mes bananes mures et sucrées ! »


One woman picks up a bunch of bananas from the tray. She looks at the bananas carefully.

One woman picks up a bunch of bananas from the tray. She looks at the bananas carefully.

Une femme choisi un régime de bananes du plateau. Elle inspecte les bananes soigneusement.


The woman buys the bananas.

The woman buys the bananas.

La femme achète les bananes.


More people come to the stall. They buy Tom’s bananas and eat them.

More people come to the stall. They buy Tom's bananas and eat them.

D'autres personnes viennent au stand. Ils achètent les bananes de Tom et les mangent.


Soon, the tray is empty. Tom counts the money he earned.

Soon, the tray is empty. Tom counts the money he earned.

Bientôt, le plateau est vide. Tom compte l'argent qu'il a gagné.


Then Tom buys soap, sugar, and bread. He puts the things in his tray.

Then Tom buys soap, sugar, and bread. He puts the things in his tray.

Ensuite, Tom achète du savon, du sucre et du pain. Il met les choses sur son plateau.


Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.

Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.

Tom balance le plateau sur sa tête et rentre chez lui.


Written by: Humphreys Odunga
Illustrated by: Zablon Alex Nguku
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level 2
Source: Tom the banana seller from African Storybook
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