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Zama enn top! Zama is great!

Written by Michael Oguttu

Illustrated by Vusi Malindi

Translated by Shameem Oozeerally & MIE French Students

Language Mauritian Creole

Level Level 2

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Mo ti frer dormi bien tar. Mo lev boner parski mo enn top.

My little brother sleeps very late. I wake early, because I am great!

Momem ki les soley rantre.

I am the one who lets in the sun.

« To mo zetwal gramatin, » mo mama dir mwa.

“You’re my morning star,” says Ma.

Mo bengne mo tousel, mo pa bizin okenn led.

I wash myself, I don’t need any help.

Mo kapav debrouye avek dilo fre ek savon ble ki santi pi.

I can cope with cold water and blue smelly soap.

Mama fer mwa rapel, « Pa bliye ledan! » Mo reponn, « Zame! Pa mwa ! »

Ma reminds, “Don’t forget teeth.” I reply, “Never, not me!”

Kouma fini bengne, mo dir granper ek matant bonzour ek mo swet zot enn bonn zourne.

After washing, I greet Grandpa and Auntie, and wish them a good day.

Lerla, mo met mo linz, « Mo gran aster ma », mo dir.

Then I dress myself, “I’m big now Ma,” I say.

Mo kapav ferm mo bann bouton ek atas mo lase.

I can close my buttons and buckle my shoes.

Ek mo asir mwa ki mo ti frer konn tou nouvel lekol.

And I make sure little brother knows all the school news.

Dan klas mo fer mo mie dan tou fason.

In class I do my best in every way.

Mo fer tou sa bann bon kiksoz-la toulezour. Me kiksoz ki mo pli kontan, se zwe, zwe, zwe!

I do all these good things every day. But the thing I like most, is to play and play!

Written by: Michael Oguttu
Illustrated by: Vusi Malindi
Translated by: Shameem Oozeerally & MIE French Students
Language: Mauritian Creole
Level: Level 2
Source: Zama is great! from African Storybook
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