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Why hippos have no hair Why hippos have no hair ¿Por qué los hipopótamos no tienen pelo?

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.

Un día, el Conejo estaba caminando por la ribera.


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.

El Hipopótamo estaba allí también, paseando y comiendo un poco de césped verde y rico.


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?"

El Hipopótamo no vio que el Conejo estaba allí y le pisó su patita sin querer. El Conejo empezó a gritarle, "¡Oye Hipopótamo! ¿Acaso no puedes ver que estás pisando mi patita?"


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!"

El Hipopótamo le pidió disculpas al Conejo: "Lo siento mucho. No te vi. ¡Por favor, perdóname!" Pero el Conejo no le creyó y le dijo, "¡Lo hiciste a propósito! ¡Ya verás que algún día pagarás por esto!"


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."

El Conejo fue a buscar al Fuego y le dijo, "Anda y quema al Hipopótamo cuando salga del agua y vaya a comer césped. ¡Me pisó!" El Fuego le respondió, "No hay problema, amigo Conejo. Haré exactamente lo que me pides."


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.

Más tarde, El Hipopótamo estaba comiendo césped lejos del río cuando, "¡Zuum!" El Fuego estalló en llamas y las llamas le quemaron el pelo al Hipopótamo.


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!"

El Hipopótamo comenzó a llorar y corrió directo al agua. Todo su pelo se quemó. El Hipopótamo siguió llorando, "¡Mi pelo se quemó en el fuego! ¡Mi pelo no está! ¡Mi hermoso pelo!"


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.

El Conejo estaba muy feliz de que el pelo del Hipopótamo se había quemado. Y hasta el día de hoy, por miedo al fuego, el Hipopótamo nunca se aleja del agua.


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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