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Icoinfubu ishskwatila umushishi Why hippos have no hair Icoinfubu ishskwatila umushishi

Written by Basilio Gimo, David Ker

Illustrated by Carol Liddiment

Translated by Sandra Mulesu

Language IciBemba

Level Level 2

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Bushiku bumo, kalulu aile aleenda mululamba lwamumana

One day, Rabbit was walking by the riverside.

Bushiku bumo, kalulu aile aleenda mululamba lwamumana


Infubu nayo ekoyali, yaletandala nokulwa umulenfwe uusuma sana

Hippo was there too, going for a stroll and eating some nice green grass.

Infubu nayo ekoyali, yaletandala nokulwa umulenfwe uusuma sana


Infubu tayamwene ukuti Kalulu nao ekoali, epakumunyanta pakulu. Kalulu ayambile ukupundilila infubu. “Wenfubu iwe! Taulemona ukuti naunyanta pakulu?”

Hippo didn’t see that Rabbit was there and she accidentally stepped on Rabbit’s foot. Rabbit started screaming at Hippo, “You Hippo! Can’t you see that you’re stepping on my foot?”

Infubu tayamwene ukuti Kalulu nao ekoali, epakumunyanta pakulu. Kalulu ayambile ukupundilila infubu. “Wenfubu iwe! Taulemona ukuti naunyanta pakulu?”


Infubu epakulomba ubwelelo kuli kalulu. “Njelelako, nshacikumona. Napapata njelelako!” Nomba kalulu talefwaya kunfwa, epakukalipila infubu ati, “wacicitilafye umufulo! bushiku bumo ukacimona, nkakulimuna!

Hippo apologised to Rabbit, “I’m so sorry. I didn’t see you. Please forgive me!” But Rabbit wouldn’t listen and he shouted at Hippo, “You did that on purpose! Someday, you’ll see! You’re going to pay!”

Infubu epakulomba ubwelelo kuli kalulu. “Njelelako, nshacikumona. Napapata njelelako!” Nomba kalulu talefwaya kunfwa, epakukalipila infubu ati, “wacicitilafye umufulo! bushiku bumo ukacimona, nkakulimuna!


Kalulu epakuya mukufwaya umulilo nokuweba ati, “kabiyeoce infubu ngayafuma mumenshi mukulya icani. Acinyanta! Umuliolo epakwasuka ati, “takuli bwafya mune kalulu, nalacita ifyofine.”

Rabbit went to find Fire and said, “Go, burn Hippo when she comes out of the water to eat grass. She stepped on me!” Fire answered, “No problem, Rabbit, my friend. I’ll do just what you ask.”

Kalulu epakuya mukufwaya umulilo nokuweba ati, “kabiyeoce infubu ngayafuma mumenshi mukulya icani. Acinyanta! Umuliolo epakwasuka ati, “takuli bwafya mune kalulu, nalacita ifyofine.”


Panuma yakakshita, infubu yalelya icani ukutali nomumana, “mutule!” umulilo wabilimuka mulubingu, ulubingu epakwamba ukoca umushishi wanfubu.

Later, Hippo was eating grass far from the river when, “Whoosh!” Fire burst into flame. The flames began to burn Hippo’s hair.

Panuma yakakshita, infubu yalelya icani ukutali nomumana, “mutule!” umulilo wabilimuka mulubingu, ulubingu epakwamba ukoca umushishi wanfubu.


Infubu epakwamba ukulila nokubutukila kumenshi. Umushishi waiko onse ukupya kumulilo. Infubu yakonkenyepo ukulila, “umushishi wandi wapya kumulilo! umushishi wandi onse waya! Umushishi wandi ubusuma!”

Hippo started to cry and ran for the water. All her hair was burned off by the fire. Hippo kept crying, “My hair has burned in the fire! My hair is all gone! My beautiful hair!”

Infubu epakwamba ukulila nokubutukila kumenshi. Umushishi waiko onse ukupya kumulilo. Infubu yakonkenyepo ukulila, “umushishi wandi wapya kumulilo! umushishi wandi onse waya! Umushishi wandi ubusuma!”


Kalulu alitemwa ukuti umushishi wanfubu walipya. Mpaka nalelo, mukutina umulilo, infubu taiya kutali namenshi.

Rabbit was happy that Hippo’s hair was burned. And to this day, for fear of fire, the hippo never goes far from the water.

Kalulu alitemwa ukuti umushishi wanfubu walipya. Mpaka nalelo, mukutina umulilo, infubu taiya kutali namenshi.


Written by: Basilio Gimo, David Ker
Illustrated by: Carol Liddiment
Translated by: Sandra Mulesu
Language: IciBemba
Level: Level 2
Source: Why hippos have no hair from African Storybook
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