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Groot Blou Bus Groot Blou Bus Big blue bus

Written by Mecelin Kakoro

Illustrated by Mango Tree

Translated by Fanie Viljoen

Language Afrikaans

Level Level 2

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Daar is net een bus in Ebei se dorpie. Dit is groot en blou. Dit raas baie.

Daar is net een bus in Ebei se dorpie. Dit is groot en blou. Dit raas baie.

There was only one bus in Ebei's village. It was big and blue. It was very noisy.


Eendag sê Ebei se ma, “Môre gaan ons stad toe om jou skoolklere te koop.”

Eendag sê Ebei se ma, "Môre gaan ons stad toe om jou skoolklere te koop."

One day, Ebei's mother said, "Tomorrow we will go to town to buy your school uniform."


Ebei is baie bly. Hulle sal met die groot blou bus ry.

Ebei is baie bly. Hulle sal met die groot blou bus ry.

Ebei was very excited. They would travel in the big blue bus. He could not sleep that night.


Ebei is alreeds aangetrek toe sy ma hom kom wakker maak.

Ebei is alreeds aangetrek toe sy ma hom kom wakker maak.

Ebei was already dressed when his mother came to wake him.


Ebei en sy ma stap na die bushalte. Hulle wag vir die groot blou bus.

Ebei en sy ma stap na die bushalte. Hulle wag vir die groot blou bus.

Ebei and his mother walked to the bus stop. They waited for the big blue bus. But the bus did not come.


Ander mense kom wag ook by die bushalte.

Ander mense kom wag ook by die bushalte.

Other people arrived at the bus stop. They complained because the bus was late. "Has the bus left us?" they asked.


Ebei is bekommerd.

Ebei is bekommerd.

Ebei was worried. "We will not be able to go to town. I will not be able to get my uniform," he thought.


Party mense gee moed op en gaan huis toe. Maar Ebei huil. Hy wil nie teruggaan nie. Sy ma troos hom.

Party mense gee moed op en gaan huis toe. Maar Ebei huil. Hy wil nie teruggaan nie. Sy ma troos hom.

Some people gave up and went home. But Ebei cried and did not want to go. His mother comforted him. "We will wait a bit longer," she said.


Skielik hoor hulle ’n geraas. Hulle sien stof in die lug.

Skielik hoor hulle ’n geraas. Hulle sien stof in die lug.

Suddenly, they heard a noise. They saw dust in the air. The bus was coming!


Maar die bus is nie blou nie. Dit is nie groot nie. Die bus is rooi en klein.

Maar die bus is nie blou nie. Dit is nie groot nie. Die bus is rooi en klein.

But this bus was not blue. It was not big. This bus was red and small. The waiting people looked at this bus. They did not get in.


“Klim in! Klim in!” roep die bestuurder. “Ons is vandag baie laat,” sê hy.

"Klim in! Klim in!" roep die bestuurder. "Ons is vandag baie laat," sê hy.

"Get in! Get in!" shouted the driver. "We are very late today," he said.


Ebei en sy ma klim eerste in.

Ebei en sy ma klim eerste in.

Ebei and his mother got in first. Soon everyone else got in the small red bus.


Ebei kyk deur die venster na buite. Hy sien nog mense by die bushalte.

Ebei kyk deur die venster na buite. Hy sien nog mense by die bushalte.

Ebei looked out the window. He saw more people at the bus stop.


Selfs nog meer mense hardloop nader om die bus te haal. Maar hulle is te laat. Die bus is vol.

Selfs nog meer mense hardloop nader om die bus te haal. Maar hulle is te laat. Die bus is vol.

Even more people were running to catch the bus. But they were too late. The bus was full. The red bus left for town.


“Waar is die groot blou bus?” vra Ebei se ma.

"Waar is die groot blou bus?" vra Ebei se ma.

"Where is the big blue bus?" asked Ebei's mother. "It broke down," replied the driver. "We are fixing it. It will come tomorrow," he added.


Ebei gee nie om watter kleur die bus is nie. Hy gee nie om hoe groot die bus is nie.

Ebei gee nie om watter kleur die bus is nie. Hy gee nie om hoe groot die bus is nie.

Ebei did not care about the colour of the bus. He did not care about the size of the bus. He was happy because this bus was going to town.


Written by: Mecelin Kakoro
Illustrated by: Mango Tree
Translated by: Fanie Viljoen
Language: Afrikaans
Level 2
Source: Big blue bus from African Storybook
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