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Khalai talks to plants Khalai talks to plants @khalai ˈtɔks ˈtu ˈpɫænts

Written by Ursula Nafula

Illustrated by Jesse Pietersen

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 2

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This is Khalai. She is seven years old. Her name means ‘the good one’ in her language, Lubukusu.

This is Khalai. She is seven years old. Her name means 'the good one' in her language, Lubukusu.

ˈðɪs ˈɪz @khalai ˈʃi ˈɪz ˈsɛvən ˈjɪɹz ˈoʊɫd ˈhɝ ˈneɪm ˈminz ˈðə ˈɡʊd ˈwən ˈɪn ˈhɝ ˈɫæŋɡwədʒ @lubukusu


Khalai wakes up and talks to the orange tree. “Please orange tree, grow big and give us lots of ripe oranges.”

Khalai wakes up and talks to the orange tree. "Please orange tree, grow big and give us lots of ripe oranges."

@khalai ˈweɪks ˈəp ˈænd ˈtɔks ˈtu ˈðə ˈɔɹəndʒ ˈtɹi ˈpɫiz ˈɔɹəndʒ ˈtɹi ˈɡɹoʊ ˈbɪɡ ˈænd ˈɡɪv ˈəs ˈɫɑts ˈəv ˈɹaɪp ˈɔɹəndʒəz


Khalai walks to school. On the way she talks to the grass. “Please grass, grow greener and don’t dry up.”

Khalai walks to school. On the way she talks to the grass. "Please grass, grow greener and don't dry up."

@khalai ˈwɔks ˈtu ˈskuɫ ˈɑn ˈðə ˈweɪ ˈʃi ˈtɔks ˈtu ˈðə ˈɡɹæs ˈpɫiz ˈɡɹæs ˈɡɹoʊ ˈɡɹinɝ ˈænd ˈdoʊn ˈdɹaɪ ˈəp


Khalai passes wild flowers. “Please flowers, keep blooming so I can put you in my hair.”

Khalai passes wild flowers. "Please flowers, keep blooming so I can put you in my hair."

@khalai ˈpæsəz ˈwaɪɫd ˈfɫaʊɝz ˈpɫiz ˈfɫaʊɝz ˈkip ˈbɫumɪŋ ˈsoʊ ˈaɪ ˈkæn ˈpʊt ˈju ˈɪn ˈmaɪ ˈhɛɹ


At school, Khalai talks to the tree in the middle of the compound. “Please tree, put out big branches so we can read under your shade.”

At school, Khalai talks to the tree in the middle of the compound. "Please tree, put out big branches so we can read under your shade."

ˈæt ˈskuɫ @khalai ˈtɔks ˈtu ˈðə ˈtɹi ˈɪn ˈðə ˈmɪdəɫ ˈəv ˈðə ˈkɑmpaʊnd ˈpɫiz ˈtɹi ˈpʊt ˈaʊt ˈbɪɡ ˈbɹæntʃəz ˈsoʊ ˈwi ˈkæn ˈɹɛd ˈəndɝ ˈjɔɹ ˈʃeɪd


Khalai talks to the hedge around her school. “Please grow strong and stop bad people from coming in.”

Khalai talks to the hedge around her school. "Please grow strong and stop bad people from coming in."

@khalai ˈtɔks ˈtu ˈðə ˈhɛdʒ ɝˈaʊn ˈhɝ ˈskuɫ ˈpɫiz ˈɡɹoʊ ˈstɹɔŋ ˈænd ˈstɑp ˈbæd ˈpipəɫ ˈfɹəm ˈkəmɪŋ ˈɪn


When Khalai returns home from school, she visits the orange tree. “Are your oranges ripe yet?” asks Khalai.

When Khalai returns home from school, she visits the orange tree. "Are your oranges ripe yet?" asks Khalai.

ˈhwɛn @khalai ɹiˈtɝnz ˈhoʊm ˈfɹəm ˈskuɫ ˈʃi ˈvɪzɪts ˈðə ˈɔɹəndʒ ˈtɹi ˈɑɹ ˈjɔɹ ˈɔɹəndʒəz ˈɹaɪp ˈjɛt ˈæsks @khalai


“The oranges are still green,” sighs Khalai. “I will see you tomorrow orange tree,” says Khalai. “Perhaps then you will have a ripe orange for me!”

"The oranges are still green," sighs Khalai. "I will see you tomorrow orange tree," says Khalai. "Perhaps then you will have a ripe orange for me!"

ˈðə ˈɔɹəndʒəz ˈɑɹ ˈstɪɫ ˈɡɹin ˈsaɪz @khalai ˈaɪ ˈwɪɫ ˈsi ˈju təˈmɑˌɹoʊ ˈɔɹəndʒ ˈtɹi ˈsɛz @khalai pɝˈhæps ˈðɛn ˈju ˈwɪɫ ˈhæv ˈeɪ ˈɹaɪp ˈɔɹəndʒ ˈfɔɹ ˈmi


Written by: Ursula Nafula
Illustrated by: Jesse Pietersen
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level 2
Source: Khalai talks to plants from African Storybook
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