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Why hippos have no hair Why hippos have no hair Wa mek Ipo no av no ier

Written by Basilio Gimo, David Ker

Illustrated by Carol Liddiment

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 2

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One day, Rabbit was walking by the riverside.

One day, Rabbit was walking by the riverside.

Wan die, Rabit did a waak nier di riva.


Hippo was there too, going for a stroll and eating some nice green grass.

Hippo was there too, going for a stroll and eating some nice green grass.

Ipo did de-de tu, a tek taim waak an a nyam som griin graas.


Hippo didn’t see that Rabbit was there and she accidentally stepped on Rabbit’s foot. Rabbit started screaming at Hippo, “You Hippo! Can’t you see that you’re stepping on my foot?”

Hippo didn't see that Rabbit was there and she accidentally stepped on Rabbit's foot. Rabbit started screaming at Hippo, "You Hippo! Can't you see that you're stepping on my foot?"

Ipo neva si se Rabit di de-de an step pan Rabit fut bai aksident. Rabit staat baal aaf Ipo an se, "Yu Ipo! Yu no si se yu a step pan mi fut?"


Hippo apologised to Rabbit, “I’m so sorry. I didn’t see you. Please forgive me!” But Rabbit wouldn’t listen and he shouted at Hippo, “You did that on purpose! Someday, you’ll see! You’re going to pay!”

Hippo apologised to Rabbit, "I'm so sorry. I didn't see you. Please forgive me!" But Rabbit wouldn't listen and he shouted at Hippo, "You did that on purpose! Someday, you'll see! You're going to pay!"

Ipo se sari tu Rabit, "Mi riili sari. Mi neva si yu. Du beg yu paadn!" Bot Rabit udn lisn an im baal aafa Ipo, "Yu dwiit fi spait! Wan die, yu wi si! Yu gwain pie!"


Rabbit went to find Fire and said, “Go, burn Hippo when she comes out of the water to eat grass. She stepped on me!” Fire answered, “No problem, Rabbit, my friend. I’ll do just what you ask.”

Rabbit went to find Fire and said, "Go, burn Hippo when she comes out of the water to eat grass. She stepped on me!" Fire answered, "No problem, Rabbit, my friend. I'll do just what you ask."

Rabit go luk fi Faiya an tel im se, "Gwaan, bon op Ipo wen shi kom outa di waata fi nyam graas. Shi did step pan mi! Faiya ansa se, "No prablem, Rabit, mi fren. Mi wi du we yu aks."


Later, Hippo was eating grass far from the river when, “Whoosh!” Fire burst into flame. The flames began to burn Hippo’s hair.

Later, Hippo was eating grass far from the river when, "Whoosh!" Fire burst into flame. The flames began to burn Hippo's hair.

Lieta, Ipo did a nyam graas faar fram di riva wen, "Wush! Faiya ton inna wan big faiyabaal. Di faiya staat bon aaf Ipo ier.


Hippo started to cry and ran for the water. All her hair was burned off by the fire. Hippo kept crying, “My hair has burned in the fire! My hair is all gone! My beautiful hair!”

Hippo started to cry and ran for the water. All her hair was burned off by the fire. Hippo kept crying, "My hair has burned in the fire! My hair is all gone! My beautiful hair!"

Ipo staat fi baal an ron go inna di waata. Di faiya bon aaf aal a ar ier dem. Ipo no stap baal, "Mi ier get bon aaf inna di faiya! Aal a mi ier gaan! Mi priti ier!"


Rabbit was happy that Hippo’s hair was burned. And to this day, for fear of fire, the hippo never goes far from the water.

Rabbit was happy that Hippo's hair was burned. And to this day, for fear of fire, the hippo never goes far from the water.

Rabit did glad se Ipo ier get bon aaf. An tu dis die, chuu fried fi faiya, Ipo neva stie faar fram waata.


Written by: Basilio Gimo, David Ker
Illustrated by: Carol Liddiment
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level 2
Source: Why hippos have no hair from African Storybook
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