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Palesa is Lief Vir Plante Palesa is Lief Vir Plante Khalai talks to plants

Written by Ursula Nafula

Illustrated by Jesse Pietersen

Translated by Fanie Viljoen

Language Afrikaans

Level Level 2

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Hier is Palesa. Haar naam beteken “blom” in haar taal, Setswana.

Hier is Palesa. Haar naam beteken "blom" in haar taal, Setswana.

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


Soggens praat Palesa met die lemoenboom.

Soggens praat Palesa met die lemoenboom.

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


Palesa loop skool toe.

Palesa loop skool toe.

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


Palesa loop verby veldblomme.

Palesa loop verby veldblomme.

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


By die skool praat Palesa met die klein boompie.

By die skool praat Palesa met die klein boompie.

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."


Palesa praat met die heining om die skool.

Palesa praat met die heining om die skool.

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


Toe Palesa na skool terug by die huis kom, hardloop sy na die lemoenboom.

Toe Palesa na skool terug by die huis kom, hardloop sy na die lemoenboom.

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


“Die lemoene is nog groen,” sug Palesa. “Ek sal jou môre weer sien, lemoenboom,” sê sy. “Miskien sal jy dan ’n ryp lemoen vir my hê.

"Die lemoene is nog groen," sug Palesa. "Ek sal jou môre weer sien, lemoenboom," sê sy. "Miskien sal jy dan ’n ryp lemoen vir my hê.

"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!"


Written by: Ursula Nafula
Illustrated by: Jesse Pietersen
Translated by: Fanie Viljoen
Language: Afrikaans
Level 2
Source: Palesa loves plants from African Storybook
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