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Children of wax Children of wax ˈtʃɪɫdɹən ˈəv ˈwæks

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.

ˈwəns əˈpɑn ˈeɪ ˈtaɪm ˈðɛɹ ˈɫaɪvd ˈeɪ ˈhæpi ˈfæməɫi


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.

ˈðeɪ ˈnɛvɝ ˈfɔt ˈwɪð ˈitʃ ˈəðɝ ˈðeɪ ˈhɛɫpt ˈðɛɹ ˈpɛɹənts ˈæt ˈhoʊm ˈænd ˈɪn ˈðə ˈfiɫdz


But they were not allowed to go near a fire.

But they were not allowed to go near a fire.

ˈbət ˈðeɪ ˈwɝ ˈnɑt əˈɫaʊd ˈtu ˈɡoʊ ˈnɪɹ ˈeɪ ˈfaɪɝ


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!

ˈðeɪ ˈhæd ˈtu ˈdu ˈɔɫ ˈðɛɹ ˈwɝk ˈdɝɪŋ ˈðə ˈnaɪt bɪˈkɑz ˈðeɪ ˈwɝ ˈmeɪd ˈəv ˈwæks


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

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

ˈbət ˈwən ˈəv ˈðə ˈbɔɪz ˈɫɔŋd ˈtu ˈɡoʊ ˈaʊt ˈɪn ˈðə ˈsənˌɫaɪt


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

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

ˈwən ˈdeɪ ˈðə ˈɫɔŋɪŋ ˈwɑz ˈtu ˈstɹɔŋ ˈhɪz ˈbɹəðɝz ˈwɔɹnd ˈhɪm


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

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

ˈbət ˈɪt ˈwɑz ˈtu ˈɫeɪt ˈhi ˈmɛɫtəd ˈɪn ˈðə ˈhɑt ˈsən


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

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

ˈðə ˈwæks ˈtʃɪɫdɹən ˈwɝ ˈsoʊ ˈsæd ˈtu ˈsi ˈðɛɹ ˈbɹəðɝ ˈmɛɫtɪŋ əˈweɪ


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.

ˈbət ˈðeɪ ˈmeɪd ˈeɪ ˈpɫæn ˈðeɪ ˈʃeɪpt ˈðə ˈɫəmp ˈəv ˈmɛɫtəd ˈwæks ˈɪntu ˈeɪ ˈbɝd


They took their bird brother up to a high mountain.

They took their bird brother up to a high mountain.

ˈðeɪ ˈtʊk ˈðɛɹ ˈbɝd ˈbɹəðɝ ˈəp ˈtu ˈeɪ ˈhaɪ ˈmaʊntən


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.

ˈænd ˈæz ˈðə ˈsən ˈɹoʊz ˈhi ˈfɫu əˈweɪ ˈsɪŋɪŋ ˈɪntu ˈðə ˈmɔɹnɪŋ ˈɫaɪt


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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