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Tom the banana seller Tom the banana seller Tom muuza ndizi

Written by Humphreys Odunga

Illustrated by Zablon Alex Nguku

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 2

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Tom carries a tray of ripe bananas.

Tom carries a tray of ripe bananas.

Tom anabeba tenga la ndizi zilizoiva.


Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

Tom anaenda sokoni kuuza ndizi.


People at the market are buying fruit.

People at the market are buying fruit.

Sokoni watu wananunua matunda.


But no one is buying Tom's bananas. They prefer to buy fruit from women.

But no one is buying Tom's bananas. They prefer to buy fruit from women.

Lakini hakuna anayenunua ndizi za Tom. Wanapenda kununua matunda kutoka kwa akina mama.


"In our community, only women sell fruit," people say. "What kind of a man is this?" people ask.

"In our community, only women sell fruit," people say. "What kind of a man is this?" people ask.

"Kwenye jamii yetu, ni wanawake pekee ndio wanaouza matunda," watu wanasema. "Ni mwanamume wa aina gani huyu?" watu wanahoji.


But Tom does not give up. He calls, "Buy my bananas! Buy my sweet ripe bananas!"

But Tom does not give up. He calls, "Buy my bananas! Buy my sweet ripe bananas!"

Lakini Tom hakati tamaa. Anaita, "Nunua ndizi zangu! Nunueni ndizi zangu tamu zilizoiva!"


One woman picks up a bunch of bananas from the tray. She looks at the bananas carefully.

One woman picks up a bunch of bananas from the tray. She looks at the bananas carefully.

Mwanamke mmoja anachukua kichana cha ndizi kutoka kwenye tenga. Anaziangalia ndizi kwa umakini.


The woman buys the bananas.

The woman buys the bananas.

Mwanamke ananunua ndizi.


More people come to the stall. They buy Tom's bananas and eat them.

More people come to the stall. They buy Tom's bananas and eat them.

Watu wengine wanakuja kwenye kichanja. Wananunua ndizi za Tom na kuzila.


Soon, the tray is empty. Tom counts the money he earned.

Soon, the tray is empty. Tom counts the money he earned.

Mara, tenga linakuwa tupu. Tom anahesabu pesa alizopata.


Then Tom buys soap, sugar, and bread. He puts the things in his tray.

Then Tom buys soap, sugar, and bread. He puts the things in his tray.

Tom ananunua sabuni, sukari, na mkate. Anaweka vitu kwenye tenga lake.


Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.

Tom balances the tray on his head and goes home.

Tom anajitwisha tenga kichwani na kwenda nyumbani.


Written by: Humphreys Odunga
Illustrated by: Zablon Alex Nguku
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level 2
Source: Tom the banana seller from African Storybook
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