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Hen and Eagle Hen and Eagle La Gallina y el Águila

Written by Ann Nduku

Illustrated by Wiehan de Jager

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 3

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Once upon a time, Hen and Eagle were friends. They lived in peace with all the other birds. None of them could fly.

Once upon a time, Hen and Eagle were friends. They lived in peace with all the other birds. None of them could fly.

Hace mucho tiempo, la Gallina y el Águila eran amigos. Vivían en paz con todas las otras aves. Ninguna de ellas podía volar.


One day, there was famine in the land. Eagle had to walk very far to find food. She came back very tired. “There must be an easier way to travel!” said Eagle.

One day, there was famine in the land. Eagle had to walk very far to find food. She came back very tired. "There must be an easier way to travel!" said Eagle.

Un día, la hambruna llegó y el Águila tuvo que caminar muy lejos en búsqueda de comida. Regresó muy cansada. "¡Tiene que haber una forma más fácil de viajar!" dijo el Águila.


After a good night’s sleep, Hen had a brilliant idea. She began collecting the fallen feathers from all their bird friends. “Let’s sew them together on top of our own feathers,” she said. “Perhaps that will make it easier to travel.”

After a good night's sleep, Hen had a brilliant idea. She began collecting the fallen feathers from all their bird friends. "Let's sew them together on top of our own feathers," she said. "Perhaps that will make it easier to travel."

Luego de un sueño reparador, la Gallina tuvo una idea brillante. Empezó a recoger las plumas que sus amigas aves soltaban. "Cosamos las plumas por encima de las nuestras", dijo. "Quizás así sea más fácil viajar."


Eagle was the only one in the village with a needle, so she started sewing first. She made herself a pair of beautiful wings and flew high above Hen. Hen borrowed the needle but she soon got tired of sewing. She left the needle on the cupboard and went into the kitchen to prepare food for her children.

Eagle was the only one in the village with a needle, so she started sewing first. She made herself a pair of beautiful wings and flew high above Hen. Hen borrowed the needle but she soon got tired of sewing. She left the needle on the cupboard and went into the kitchen to prepare food for her children.

El Águila era la única que tenía una aguja en la aldea, así que ella empezó a coser primero. Se hizo un par de alas muy lindas y voló mucho más alto que la Gallina. La Gallina se consiguió la aguja para empezar a coser sus alas, pero se cansó antes de terminarlas. Dejó la aguja encima del armario y se fue a preparar algo de comida para sus hijos.


But the other birds had seen Eagle flying away. They asked Hen to lend them the needle to make wings for themselves too. Soon there were birds flying all over the sky.

But the other birds had seen Eagle flying away. They asked Hen to lend them the needle to make wings for themselves too. Soon there were birds flying all over the sky.

Pero las otras aves habían visto al Águila irse volando lejos, así que le pidieron a la Gallina que les prestara la aguja para hacerse alas también. Y pronto, el cielo estaba cubierto de muchas aves volando.


When the last bird returned the borrowed needle, Hen was not there. So her children took the needle and started playing with it. When they got tired of the game, they left the needle in the sand.

When the last bird returned the borrowed needle, Hen was not there. So her children took the needle and started playing with it. When they got tired of the game, they left the needle in the sand.

Cuando la última ave fue a entregar la aguja prestada, la Gallina no estaba en casa. Así que los hijos de la Gallina tomaron la aguja para jugar con ella. Cuando se cansaron de jugar, dejaron la aguja en la tierra.


Later that afternoon, Eagle returned. She asked for the needle to fix some feathers that had loosened on her journey. Hen looked on the cupboard. She looked in the kitchen. She looked in the yard. But the needle was nowhere to be found.

Later that afternoon, Eagle returned. She asked for the needle to fix some feathers that had loosened on her journey. Hen looked on the cupboard. She looked in the kitchen. She looked in the yard. But the needle was nowhere to be found.

Más tarde, el Águila volvió. Pidió la aguja para coser algunas plumas que se le habían caído durante su viaje. La Gallina fue a buscarla en el armario y no estaba. Buscó en la cocina y en el patio, pero la aguja no aparecía. No estaba en ningún lugar.


“Just give me a day,” Hen begged Eagle. “Then you can fix your wing and fly away to get food again.” “Just one more day,” said Eagle. “If you can’t find the needle, you’ll have to give me one of your chicks as payment.”

"Just give me a day," Hen begged Eagle. "Then you can fix your wing and fly away to get food again." "Just one more day," said Eagle. "If you can't find the needle, you'll have to give me one of your chicks as payment."

"Sólo dame un día para encontrar la aguja," la Gallina le rogó al Águila. "Para que puedas arreglar tus alas y volar en búsqueda de comida." "Un solo día," dijo el Águila. "Si no encuentras la aguja en un día, tendrás que regalarme uno de tus pollitos como pago."


When Eagle came the next day, she found Hen scratching in the sand, but no needle. So Eagle flew down very fast and caught one of the chicks. She carried it away. Forever after that, whenever Eagle appears, she finds Hen scratching in the sand for the needle.

When Eagle came the next day, she found Hen scratching in the sand, but no needle. So Eagle flew down very fast and caught one of the chicks. She carried it away. Forever after that, whenever Eagle appears, she finds Hen scratching in the sand for the needle.

Cuando el Águila regresó al día siguiente, vio que la Gallina estaba arañando la tierra, pero la aguja no estaba. Así que el Águila voló muy rápido hacia dónde estaban los pollitos, agarró a uno de ellos y se lo llevó lejos. Después de eso, el Águila siempre encontraba a la Gallina arañando la tierra con sus patas para encontrar la aguja.


As the shadow of Eagle’s wing falls on the ground, Hen warns her chicks. “Get out of the bare and dry land.” And they respond: “We are not fools. We will run.”

As the shadow of Eagle's wing falls on the ground, Hen warns her chicks. "Get out of the bare and dry land." And they respond: "We are not fools. We will run."

Y cuando aparece la sombra de las alas del Águila en la tierra, la Gallina les ordena a sus pollitos: "Aléjense del suelo seco y descubierto." Y ellos le contestan: "No somos tontos, saldremos corriendo."


Written by: Ann Nduku
Illustrated by: Wiehan de Jager
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level 3
Source: Hen and Eagle from African Storybook
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