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Simbegwire Simbegwire Simbegwire

Written by Rukia Nantale

Illustrated by Benjamin Mitchley

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 5

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When Simbegwire's mother died, she was very sad. Simbegwire's father did his best to take care of his daughter. Slowly, they learned to feel happy again, without Simbegwire's mother. Every morning they sat and talked about the day ahead. Every evening they made dinner together. After they washed the dishes, Simbegwire's father helped her with homework.

When Simbegwire's mother died, she was very sad. Simbegwire's father did his best to take care of his daughter. Slowly, they learned to feel happy again, without Simbegwire's mother. Every morning they sat and talked about the day ahead. Every evening they made dinner together. After they washed the dishes, Simbegwire's father helped her with homework.

Simbegwire alihuzunika mama yake alipofariki. Baba yake alijitahidi kumtunza mwanaye. Taratibu wakaanza kuwa wenye furaha tena, bila ya Mama Simbegwire. Kila asubuhi walikaa na kupanga mipango ya siku inayofuata. Kila jioni waliandaa chakula cha jioni pamoja. Baada ya kuosha vyombo, baba yake Simbegwire alimsaidia kufanya kazi zake za shule.


One day, Simbegwire's father came home later than usual. "Where are you my child?" he called. Simbegwire ran to her father. She stopped still when she saw that he was holding a woman's hand. "I want you to meet someone special, my child. This is Anita," he said smiling.

One day, Simbegwire's father came home later than usual. "Where are you my child?" he called. Simbegwire ran to her father. She stopped still when she saw that he was holding a woman's hand. "I want you to meet someone special, my child. This is Anita," he said smiling.

Siku moja baba yake Simbegwire alirudi nyumbani kwa kuchelewa. "Mwanangu uko wapi?" aliita. Simbegwire alimkimbilia baba yake. Alisimama ghafla baada ya kumwona baba yake akiwa ameshika mkono wa mwanamke. "Nataka ukutane na mtu muhimu, mwanangu. Huyu ni Anita," alisema huku akitabasamu.


"Hello Simbegwire, your father told me a lot about you," said Anita. But she did not smile or take the girl's hand. Simbegwire's father was happy and excited. He talked about the three of them living together, and how good their life would be. "My child, I hope you will accept Anita as your mother," he said.

"Hello Simbegwire, your father told me a lot about you," said Anita. But she did not smile or take the girl's hand. Simbegwire's father was happy and excited. He talked about the three of them living together, and how good their life would be. "My child, I hope you will accept Anita as your mother," he said.

"Hujambo Simbegwire? Baba yako amenisimulia mengi kuhusu wewe," alisema Anita. Lakini hakutabasamu wala kumpa Simbegwire mkono. Baba yake Simbegwire alijaa na furaha. Aliongelea jinsi maisha yatakavyokuwa mazuri watatu hao wakiishi pamoja. "Mwanangu, ni matumaini yangu kuwa utamkubali Anita kuwa mama yako," alisema.


Simbegwire's life changed. She no longer had time to sit with her father in the mornings. Anita gave her so many household chores that she was too tired to do her school work in the evenings. She went straight to bed after dinner. Her only comfort was the colourful blanket her mother gave her. Simbegwire's father did not seem to notice that his daughter was unhappy.

Simbegwire's life changed. She no longer had time to sit with her father in the mornings. Anita gave her so many household chores that she was too tired to do her school work in the evenings. She went straight to bed after dinner. Her only comfort was the colourful blanket her mother gave her. Simbegwire's father did not seem to notice that his daughter was unhappy.

Maisha ya Simbegwire yakabadilika. Hakuwa na muda tena wa kukaa na baba yake asubuhi. Anita alimpa shughuli nyingi sana za ndani hadi alikuwa anachoka kiasi ya kushindwa kufanya kazi zake za shuleni jioni. Alikuwa anaenda moja kwa moja kulala baada ya chakula cha jioni. Faraja pekee aliyokuwa nayo ni blanketi lenye rangi nyingi alilopewa na mama yake. Baba yake Simbegwire hakugundua kwamba binti yake alikuwa hana furaha.


After a few months, Simbegwire's father told them that he would be away from home for a while. "I have to travel for my job," he said. "But I know you will look after each other." Simbegwire's face fell, but her father did not notice. Anita did not say anything. She was not happy either.

After a few months, Simbegwire's father told them that he would be away from home for a while. "I have to travel for my job," he said. "But I know you will look after each other." Simbegwire's face fell, but her father did not notice. Anita did not say anything. She was not happy either.

Baada ya miezi michache, baba yake Simbegwire aliwaambia kwamba ana mpango wa kusafiri. "Itanibidi nisafiri kikazi," alisema. "Lakini najua hakutakuwa na tatizo." Uso wa Simbegwire ulijawa huzuni, lakini baba yake hakugundua. Anita hakusema lolote. Hakuwa na furaha.


Things got worse for Simbegwire. If she didn't finish her chores, or she complained, Anita hit her. And at dinner, the woman ate most of the food, leaving Simbegwire with only a few scraps. Each night Simbegwire cried herself to sleep, hugging her mother's blanket.

Things got worse for Simbegwire. If she didn't finish her chores, or she complained, Anita hit her. And at dinner, the woman ate most of the food, leaving Simbegwire with only a few scraps. Each night Simbegwire cried herself to sleep, hugging her mother's blanket.

Mambo yakawa mabaya kwa Simbegwire. Aliposhindwa kumaliza kazi au alipolalamika, Anita alimpiga. Wakati wa chakula cha jioni Anita alikula chakula kingi, na kumwachia Simbegwire makombo. Kila usiku Simbegwire alikuwa analia, huku akilikumbatia blanketi la mama yake.


One morning, Simbegwire was late getting out of bed. "You lazy girl!" Anita shouted. She pulled Simbegwire out of bed. The precious blanket caught on a nail, and tore in two.

One morning, Simbegwire was late getting out of bed. "You lazy girl!" Anita shouted. She pulled Simbegwire out of bed. The precious blanket caught on a nail, and tore in two.

Asubuhi moja, Simbegwire alichelewa kuamka. "Wewe mtoto mvivu," Anita aliita kwa kelele. Akamvuta Simbegwire kutoka kitandani. Blanketi lake zuri likanasa kwenye msumari na kuchanika vipande viwili.


Simbegwire was very upset. She decided to run away from home. She took the pieces of her mother's blanket, packed some food, and left the house. She followed the road her father had taken.

Simbegwire was very upset. She decided to run away from home. She took the pieces of her mother's blanket, packed some food, and left the house. She followed the road her father had taken.

Simbegwire alikasirika sana. Akaamua kutoroka nyumbani. Akachukua vipande vya blanketi la mama yake. Akachukua na chakula na akaondoka nyumbani. Akaifuata barabara aliyopita baba yake.


When it came to evening, she climbed a tall tree near a stream and made a bed for herself in the branches. As she went to sleep, she sang: "Maama, maama, maama, you left me. You left me and never came back. Father doesn't love me anymore. Mother, when are you coming back? You left me."

When it came to evening, she climbed a tall tree near a stream and made a bed for herself in the branches. As she went to sleep, she sang: "Maama, maama, maama, you left me. You left me and never came back. Father doesn't love me anymore. Mother, when are you coming back? You left me."

Ilipofika jioni alipanda mti mrefu karibu na kijito na akaandaa kitanda kwenye matawi ya mti. Alipokuwa analala akaimba "Maama, maama, maama, umeniacha. Umeniacha na haukurudi tena. Baba hanipendi tena. Mama unarudi lini? Uliniacha."


The next morning, Simbegwire sang the song again. When the women came to wash their clothes at the stream, they heard the sad song coming from the tall tree. They thought it was only the wind rustling the leaves, and carried on with their work. But one of the women listened very carefully to the song.

The next morning, Simbegwire sang the song again. When the women came to wash their clothes at the stream, they heard the sad song coming from the tall tree. They thought it was only the wind rustling the leaves, and carried on with their work. But one of the women listened very carefully to the song.

Asubuhi iliyofuata, Simbegwire aliimba ule wimbo tena. Wakina mama walipokuja kufua nguo zao walisikia wimbo wa huzuni kutoka kwenye mti mrefu. Wakafikiri ni upepo unatikisa matawi ya mti na wakaendelea na kazi zao. Lakini mama mmoja akasikiliza ule wimbo kwa makini.


This woman looked up into the tree. When she saw the girl and the pieces of colourful blanket, she cried, "Simbegwire, my brother's child!" The other women stopped washing and helped Simbegwire to climb down from the tree. Her aunt hugged the little girl and tried to comfort her.

This woman looked up into the tree. When she saw the girl and the pieces of colourful blanket, she cried, "Simbegwire, my brother's child!" The other women stopped washing and helped Simbegwire to climb down from the tree. Her aunt hugged the little girl and tried to comfort her.

Mama huyo akaangalia juu ya mti. Alipomwona msichana na vipande vya blanketi la rangi, akalia, "Simbegwire, mtoto wa kaka yangu!" Wakina mama wengine wakaacha kufua na wakamsaidia Simbegwire kushuka toka juu ya mti. Shangazi yake akamkumbatia na kumfariji.


Simbegwire's aunt took the child to her own house. She gave Simbegwire warm food, and tucked her in bed with her mother's blanket. That night, Simbegwire cried as she went to sleep. But they were tears of relief. She knew her aunt would look after her.

Simbegwire's aunt took the child to her own house. She gave Simbegwire warm food, and tucked her in bed with her mother's blanket. That night, Simbegwire cried as she went to sleep. But they were tears of relief. She knew her aunt would look after her.

Shangazi yake Simbegwire akampeleka nyumbani kwake. Akampatia chakula, akampeleka kitandani na akamfunika na blanketi la mama yake. Usiku ule Simbegwire akalia alipokwenda kulala. Lakini yalikuwa machozi ya furaha. Alijua shangazi yake atamtunza.


When Simbegwire's father returned home, he found her room empty. "What happened, Anita?" he asked with a heavy heart. The woman explained that Simbegwire had run away. "I wanted her to respect me," she said. "But perhaps I was too strict." Simbegwire's father left the house and went in the direction of the stream. He continued to his sister's village to find out if she had seen Simbegwire.

When Simbegwire's father returned home, he found her room empty. "What happened, Anita?" he asked with a heavy heart. The woman explained that Simbegwire had run away. "I wanted her to respect me," she said. "But perhaps I was too strict." Simbegwire's father left the house and went in the direction of the stream. He continued to his sister's village to find out if she had seen Simbegwire.

Baba yake Simbegwire aliporudi nyumbani, alikikuta chumba chake kikiwa tupu. "Nini kimetokea, Anita?" aliuliza kwa simanzi. Anita akaelezea kuwa Simbegwire alitoroka. "Nilitaka aniheshimu," alisema. "Labda nilikuwa mkali sana." Baba yake Simbegwire aliondoka nyumbani na akaelekea kwenye kijito. Akaenda kwenye kijiji cha dada yake kuuliza kama amemwona Simbegwire.


Simbegwire was playing with her cousins when she saw her father from far away. She was scared he might be angry, so she ran inside the house to hide. But her father went to her and said, "Simbegwire, you have found a perfect mother for yourself. One who loves you and understands you. I am proud of you and I love you." They agreed that Simbegwire would stay with her aunt as long as she wanted to.

Simbegwire was playing with her cousins when she saw her father from far away. She was scared he might be angry, so she ran inside the house to hide. But her father went to her and said, "Simbegwire, you have found a perfect mother for yourself. One who loves you and understands you. I am proud of you and I love you." They agreed that Simbegwire would stay with her aunt as long as she wanted to.

Simbegwire alikuwa anacheza na binamu zake alipomwona baba yake akija kwa mbali. Aliogopa kuwa baba yake angekuwa amekasirika, na akakimbilia ndani ya nyumba ili ajifiche. Baba yake alimwendea na akamwambia, "Simbegwire umempata mama mzuri. Anayekupenda na kukuelewa. Najivunia kuwa nawe na ninakupenda." Walikubaliana kuwa Simbegwire angeishi na shangazi yake kwa muda wote atakaotaka.


Her father visited her every day. Eventually, he came with Anita. She reached out for Simbegwire's hand. "I'm so sorry little one, I was wrong," she cried. "Will you let me try again?" Simbegwire looked at her father and his worried face. Then she stepped forward slowly and put her arms around Anita.

Her father visited her every day. Eventually, he came with Anita. She reached out for Simbegwire's hand. "I'm so sorry little one, I was wrong," she cried. "Will you let me try again?" Simbegwire looked at her father and his worried face. Then she stepped forward slowly and put her arms around Anita.

Baba yake alikuwa akimtembelea kila siku. Mwishoe akaja na Anita. Akampa mkono Simbegwire. "Nisamehe, nilikosea," akalia. "Utanipa nafasi kujaribu tena?" Simbegwire alimwangalia baba yake aliyekuwa na uso wa wasiwasi. Baadaye akamwendea Anita taratibu na akamkumbatia.


The next week, Anita invited Simbegwire, with her cousins and aunt, to the house for a meal. What a feast! Anita prepared all of Simbegwire's favourite foods, and everyone ate until they were full. Then the children played while the adults talked. Simbegwire felt happy and brave. She decided that soon, very soon, she would return home to live with her father and her stepmother.

The next week, Anita invited Simbegwire, with her cousins and aunt, to the house for a meal. What a feast! Anita prepared all of Simbegwire's favourite foods, and everyone ate until they were full. Then the children played while the adults talked. Simbegwire felt happy and brave. She decided that soon, very soon, she would return home to live with her father and her stepmother.

Wiki iliyofuata, Anita aliwaalika Simbegwire, binamu zake, na shangazi yake kwa ajili ya chakula. Anita akaandaa vyakula vyote ambavyo Simbegwire anavipenda, na kila mmoja akala hadi akashiba. Baada ya kula watoto wakaenda kucheza huku watu wazima wakiongea. Simbegwire akajisikia furaha na jasiri. Akaamua kuwa si muda mrefu atarejea nyumbani kuishi na baba yake na mama yake wa kambo.


Written by: Rukia Nantale
Illustrated by: Benjamin Mitchley
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level 5
Source: Simbegwire from African Storybook
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