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Zama is great! Zama is great! Zama ni mkubwa!

Written by Michael Oguttu

Illustrated by Vusi Malindi

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 2

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My little brother sleeps very late. I wake early, because I am great!

My little brother sleeps very late. I wake early, because I am great!

Mdogo wangu anachelewa kuamka. Mimi naamka mapema kwa sababu mimi ni mkubwa!


I am the one who lets in the sun.

I am the one who lets in the sun.

Mimi ndiye ninayeruhusu jua kuingia ndani.


“You’re my morning star,” says Ma.

"You're my morning star," says Ma.

"Wewe ni nyota wangu wa asubuhi," anasema mama.


I wash myself, I don’t need any help.

I wash myself, I don't need any help.

Naoga mwenyewe, sihitaji msaada.


I can cope with cold water and blue smelly soap.

I can cope with cold water and blue smelly soap.

Naweza kustahimili maji ya baridi na sabuni ya bluu inayonuka.


Ma reminds, “Don’t forget teeth.” I reply, “Never, not me!”

Ma reminds, "Don't forget teeth." I reply, "Never, not me!"

Mama ananikumbusha, "Usisahau kupiga mswaki." Namjibu, "Kamwe, sio mimi!"


After washing, I greet Grandpa and Auntie, and wish them a good day.

After washing, I greet Grandpa and Auntie, and wish them a good day.

Baada ya kuoga, nawasalimu babu na shangazi, na kuwatakia siku njema.


Then I dress myself, “I’m big now Ma,” I say.

Then I dress myself, "I'm big now Ma," I say.

Najivisha nguo mwenyewe. "Mimi ni mkubwa sasa mama," ninamwambia.


I can close my buttons and buckle my shoes.

I can close my buttons and buckle my shoes.

Ninaweza kufunga vishikizo na kurekebisha viatu vyangu.


And I make sure little brother knows all the school news.

And I make sure little brother knows all the school news.

Na ninahakikisha mdogo wangu anapata taarifa zote za shule.


In class I do my best in every way.

In class I do my best in every way.

Darasani najitahidi sana katika kila kitu.


I do all these good things every day. But the thing I like most, is to play and play!

I do all these good things every day. But the thing I like most, is to play and play!

Ninafanya hivi vitu vyote vizuri kila siku. Ila kitu ninachokipenda sana ni kucheza na kucheza.


Written by: Michael Oguttu
Illustrated by: Vusi Malindi
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level 2
Source: Zama is great! from African Storybook
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