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Children of wax Children of wax Niños de cera

Written by Southern African Folktale

Illustrated by Wiehan de Jager

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 2

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Once upon a time, there lived a happy family.

Once upon a time, there lived a happy family.

Había una vez una familia que vivía muy feliz.


They never fought with each other. They helped their parents at home and in the fields.

They never fought with each other. They helped their parents at home and in the fields.

Nunca peleaban. Los hijos ayudaban a sus padres en el hogar y en los huertos.


But they were not allowed to go near a fire.

But they were not allowed to go near a fire.

Pero tenían prohibido acercarse al fuego.


They had to do all their work during the night. Because they were made of wax!

They had to do all their work during the night. Because they were made of wax!

Tenían que hacer todo su trabajo por las noches. ¡Porque eran niños de cera!


But one of the boys longed to go out in the sunlight.

But one of the boys longed to go out in the sunlight.

Pero uno de los chicos sentía un fuerte deseo por salir a la luz del sol.


One day the longing was too strong. His brothers warned him...

One day the longing was too strong. His brothers warned him...

Un día su deseo fue muy fuerte. Sus hermanos le advirtieron que no lo hiciera...


But it was too late! He melted in the hot sun.

But it was too late! He melted in the hot sun.

¡Pero ya era tarde! Se derritió con el calor del sol.


The wax children were so sad to see their brother melting away.

The wax children were so sad to see their brother melting away.

Los niños de cera se entristecieron de ver a su hermano derritiéndose.


But they made a plan. They shaped the lump of melted wax into a bird.

But they made a plan. They shaped the lump of melted wax into a bird.

Pero hicieron un plan. Tomaron los restos de cera derretida y le dieron la forma de un ave.


They took their bird brother up to a high mountain.

They took their bird brother up to a high mountain.

Llevaron a su hermano ave a lo alto de una montaña.


And as the sun rose, he flew away singing into the morning light.

And as the sun rose, he flew away singing into the morning light.

Y cuando salió el sol, el ave se fue volando y cantando con la luz del amanecer.


Written by: Southern African Folktale
Illustrated by: Wiehan de Jager
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level 2
Source: Children of wax from African Storybook
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