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What Vusi’s sister said What Vusi's sister said Lo que la hermana de Vusi dijo

Written by Nina Orange

Illustrated by Wiehan de Jager

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 4

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Early one morning Vusi’s granny called him, “Vusi, please take this egg to your parents. They want to make a large cake for your sister’s wedding”.

Early one morning Vusi's granny called him, "Vusi, please take this egg to your parents. They want to make a large cake for your sister's wedding".

Temprano en la mañana, la abuelita de Vusi le dijo, "Vusi, por favor, lleva este huevo a tus padres. Ellos quieren hacer un pastel muy grande para la boda de tu hermana."


On his way to his parents, Vusi met two boys picking fruit. One boy grabbed the egg from Vusi and shot it at a tree. The egg broke.

On his way to his parents, Vusi met two boys picking fruit. One boy grabbed the egg from Vusi and shot it at a tree. The egg broke.

Cuando iba hacia la casa de sus padre, Vusi se encontró con dos chicos recogiendo frutas. Uno de los chicos le quitó el huevo a Vusi y lo lanzó a un árbol. El huevo se quebró.


“What have you done?” cried Vusi. “That egg was for a cake. The cake was for my sister’s wedding. What will my sister say if there is no wedding cake?”

"What have you done?" cried Vusi. "That egg was for a cake. The cake was for my sister's wedding. What will my sister say if there is no wedding cake?"

"¡¿Qué acabas de hacer?!" Vusi le gritó. "Ese huevo era para hacer el pastel de boda de mi hermana." ¿Qué dirá mi hermana cuando sepa que no habrá pastel de boda?"


The boys were sorry for teasing Vusi. “We can’t help with the cake, but here is a walking stick for your sister,” said one. Vusi continued on his journey.

The boys were sorry for teasing Vusi. "We can't help with the cake, but here is a walking stick for your sister," said one. Vusi continued on his journey.

Los chicos se disculparon por lo ocurrido. "No te podemos ayudar con la pastel, pero este palo para caminar es un regalo para tu hermana," uno de los chicos dijo. Luego, Vusi siguió caminando.


Along the way he met two men building a house. “Can we use that strong stick?” asked one. But the stick was not strong enough for building, and it broke.

Along the way he met two men building a house. "Can we use that strong stick?" asked one. But the stick was not strong enough for building, and it broke.

Mientras caminaba, se encontró con dos hombres que estaban construyendo una casa. "¿Nos dejarías usar ese fuerte palo?" uno de los hombres preguntó. Pero el palo no era lo suficientemente fuerte para trabajos de construcción, así que se quebró.


“What have you done?” cried Vusi. “That stick was a gift for my sister. The fruit pickers gave me the stick because they broke the egg for the cake. The cake was for my sister’s wedding. Now there is no egg, no cake, and no gift. What will my sister say?”

"What have you done?" cried Vusi. "That stick was a gift for my sister. The fruit pickers gave me the stick because they broke the egg for the cake. The cake was for my sister's wedding. Now there is no egg, no cake, and no gift. What will my sister say?"

"¿Qué acabas de hacer?" Vusi gritó. "Ese palo era un regalo para mi hermana. Los recolectores de fruta me lo dieron porque rompieron el huevo para el pastel de boda de mi hermana. Ahora, ni huevo, ni pastel, ni regalo habrá para su boda. ¡¿Qué dirá mi hermana?!"


The builders were sorry for breaking the stick. “We can’t help with the cake, but here is some thatch for your sister,” said one. And so Vusi continued on his journey.

The builders were sorry for breaking the stick. "We can't help with the cake, but here is some thatch for your sister," said one. And so Vusi continued on his journey.

Los constructores se disculparon por haber roto el palo. "No te podemos ayudar con la pastel, pero aquí tienes un poco de paja para tu hermana," uno de ellos dijo. Y así, Vusi continuó caminando.


Along the way, Vusi met a farmer and a cow. “What delicious thatch, can I have a nibble?” asked the cow. But the thatch was so tasty that the cow ate it all!

Along the way, Vusi met a farmer and a cow. "What delicious thatch, can I have a nibble?" asked the cow. But the thatch was so tasty that the cow ate it all!

Ahora Vusi se encontró con un granjero y una vaca. "¡Qué deliciosa paja! ¿Puedo comer un poquito?" la vaca preguntó. Pero la paja estaba tan rica que la vaca se la comió toda.


“What have you done?” cried Vusi. “That thatch was a gift for my sister. The builders gave me the thatch because they broke the stick from the fruit pickers. The fruit pickers gave me the stick because they broke the egg for my sister’s cake. The cake was for my sister’s wedding. Now there is no egg, no cake, and no gift. What will my sister say?”

"What have you done?" cried Vusi. "That thatch was a gift for my sister. The builders gave me the thatch because they broke the stick from the fruit pickers. The fruit pickers gave me the stick because they broke the egg for my sister's cake. The cake was for my sister's wedding. Now there is no egg, no cake, and no gift. What will my sister say?"

"¿Qué acabas de hacer?" Vusi gritó. "Esa paja era un regalo para mi hermana. Los constructores me la dieron porque rompieron el palo de los recolectores de fruta. Los recolectores de fruta me regalaron el palo porque quebraron el huevo para el pastel de boda de mi hermana. Ahora, ni huevo, ni pastel, ni regalo habrá para su boda. ¡¿Qué dirá mi hermana?!"


The cow was sorry she was greedy. The farmer agreed that the cow could go with Vusi as a gift for his sister. And so Vusi carried on.

The cow was sorry she was greedy. The farmer agreed that the cow could go with Vusi as a gift for his sister. And so Vusi carried on.

La vaca se disculpó por haber sido glotona. El granjero decidió regalarle la vaca a Vusi como un obsequio para la boda de su hermana. Y así pues, Vusi siguió caminando con la vaca.


But the cow ran back to the farmer at supper time. And Vusi got lost on his journey. He arrived very late for his sister’s wedding. The guests were already eating.

But the cow ran back to the farmer at supper time. And Vusi got lost on his journey. He arrived very late for his sister's wedding. The guests were already eating.

Pero la vaca se arrancó corriendo de vuelta donde el granjero a la hora de cenar. Vusi se perdió y llegó muy tarde a la boda de su hermana. Los invitados ya estaban comiendo.


“What shall I do?” cried Vusi. “The cow that ran away was a gift, in return for the thatch the builders gave me. The builders gave me the thatch because they broke the stick from the fruit pickers. The fruit pickers gave me the stick because they broke the egg for the cake. The cake was for the wedding. Now there is no egg, no cake, and no gift.”

"What shall I do?" cried Vusi. "The cow that ran away was a gift, in return for the thatch the builders gave me. The builders gave me the thatch because they broke the stick from the fruit pickers. The fruit pickers gave me the stick because they broke the egg for the cake. The cake was for the wedding. Now there is no egg, no cake, and no gift."

"¿Qué puedo hacer ahora?" Vusi dijo. "La vaca que se arrancó corriendo era un regalo para sustituir la paja que los constructores me habían regalado. Los constructores me dieron la paja porque rompieron el palo de los recolectores de fruta. Los recolectores de fruta me regalaron el palo porque quebraron el huevo para el pastel de boda de mi hermana. Ahora, ni huevo, ni pastel, ni regalo habrá para la boda."


Vusi’s sister thought for a while, then she said, “Vusi my brother, I don’t really care about gifts. I don’t even care about the cake! We are all here together, I am happy. Now put on your smart clothes and let’s celebrate this day!” And so that’s what Vusi did.

Vusi's sister thought for a while, then she said, "Vusi my brother, I don't really care about gifts. I don't even care about the cake! We are all here together, I am happy. Now put on your smart clothes and let's celebrate this day!" And so that's what Vusi did.

La hermana de Vusi se quedó pensativa por un momento y luego dijo: "Vusi, hermano mío, no me interesan los regalos. ¡Ni siquiera me interesa el pastel de boda! Estamos todos reunidos y felices y yo estoy muy feliz también. ¡Ponte tu ropa elegante y celebremos!" Y así pues, eso fue lo que Vusi hizo.


Written by: Nina Orange
Illustrated by: Wiehan de Jager
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level 4
Source: What Vusi's sister said from African Storybook
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