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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.

Lintu baanina Simbegwire baafwile, ali uwasakamana sana. Bawishi baaliesha namaka ukumona ukuti Simbegwire ali umutende. Panono panono, baasambilile ukuba abatemwa nakabili, ukwabula baanina Simbegwire. Cila lucelo baaleikala na ukulanda pa bushiku bwakuntanshi. Cila cungulo baalepekanya icakulya ca cungulo capamo. Panuma ya kusuka ifya kuulilapo, bawishi Simbegwire baaleafwa umwana imilimo ya kusukulu.


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.

Ubushiku bumo, bawishi Simbegwire baaishile pa n’ganda munshita yabushiku ukucila inshiku sha kunuma. “ulikwisa we mwana wandi”? baalitile. Simbegwire abutukile kuli bawishi. Aliminine lintu amwene ukuti baawishi bekatilile umwanakashi pakuboko. “ndefwaya iwe wishibane no muntu umo umusuma, we mwana wandi. Uyu ni Anita,” baalandile mu kumwentula.


“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.

“shani Simbegwire, bawiso baanjebele ifingi pali iwe,”Anita aalandile. Koma Simbegwire taamwentwile nangu ukuposha uyu mwanakashi mu minwe. Bawishi Simbegwire baali abatemwa na insansa. Baalandile efyo bonse batatu bangekala pamo, na efyo imikalile yabo i ngaba isuma. “we mwana wandi, ndesubila walasumina Anita ukuba nga banoko,”baalandile.


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.

Ubwikashi bwa kwa Simbegwire bwacinjishe. Taakwete inshita yakuba nabawishi mu lucelo. Anita aalemupela incito sha pa n’ganda ishingi icalengele ukuti alefilwa uku kwata inshita ne milimo ya kusukulu mu cungulo neco aleenaka sana. Aile mukusendama panuma ya cakulya ca mu cungulo. Ubusumino bwakwe, bwali li langishi lya bulangeti bamupele banina. Bawishi Simegwire calemoneka kwati tabaishibe kuti umwana wabo taali uwansansa.


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.

Panuma fye ya myeshi inono, bawishi Simbegwire balaile pa n’ganda ukuti ba balefumapo panshita inono.”mfwile ukuya kuncito,”baatile. Koma ninjishiba ukuti mwakulaikala fye bwino. Simbegwire aponya necinso panshi, koma bawishi taabaishibe. Anita talandile nelyo cimo. Naena taatemenwe iyo.


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.

Ifintu kuli Simbegwire fyacilamo. Nga tapwishishe incito isha mu n’ganda, nangu ngailishanya, Anita aleemubola. Nga nipa cakulya ca cungulo, Anita aleelya ukucila ukushila Simbegwire utwakulya utunono. Cila bushiku nga bwaila, aleelila uku ninshi nafukatila no bulangeti bwa baanina.


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.

Ubushiku bumo ulucelo, Simbegwire alicelwa ukubuuka. “we mwanakashi wabunan’gani iwe!”Anita apaatile. Asuunkile Simbegwire ukumufunya pa busanshi. Ubulangeti bwaiketwe no musomali no ku bulepula mu bili.


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 alifulwa sana. Atontonkenye ukubutuka ukufuma pa n’ganda. Aseendele utupimfya twa bulangeti bwa baanina, ifyakulya afuma na pa n’ganda. Akoonkele umusebo kwaile bawishi.


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.”

Lintu caishilefika icungulo, aniinine kucimuti icitali mupepi nakamana apanga no busanshi mu mabula. Cilya talapona mu tulo, aimbile: maama, maama, maama, mwalinsha ine. Mwalinsha ukwabula ukubwela. Taata tantemwa nakalya. Mayo nilisa muleisa? Mwalinsha ine.


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.

Ubushiku bwa konkelepo ulucelo, Simbegwire aimbile ulwimbo nakabili. Lintu banamayo baaishile mu kucapa ifya ku fwala pa mumana, baumfwile ulwimbo lulefumina ku cimuti icitali mumano ukuti cali cipuupu caaletensha amabula, awe bakonkenyepo ne milimo yabo. Koma umo pali bena aumfwile ku lwimbo no bupilibulo.


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.

Uyu umwanakashi alooleshe kumulu wa cimuti. Lintu amwene cikashana na utupimfya twa bulangeti, aliila, “Simbegwire, umwana wa ndume yandi!” Banamayo bambi baalekele ukucapa na ukwafwa Simbegwire ukwikila panshi ukufuma ku cimuti. Baanina senge baafukatile umwipwa no kwesha uku mutalalika.


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.

Baanina senge Simbegwire baasendele Simbegwire ku n’ganda kumyabo. Baapele Simbegwire icakulya icakaba panuma, no ku mufimbilikisha pa busanshi no bulangeti bwa baanina. Bulya bushiku, Simbegwire aliilile lintu talalaala. Koma fyali filamba fya nsansa. Alishibe ukuti baanina senge balamusunga bwino.


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.

Lintu bawishi Simbegwire baabwelele ku n’ganda, baasangile ku muputule wakwa Simbegwire takuli nangu kamo. “ninshi yacitike, Anita?” baipwishe no mutima uwafina. Anita ekulondola ukuti Simbegwire alibutuka. “naalefwaya alempela umucinshi”. Alaandile. Koma limbi caali cilamo.” Bawishi Simbegwire baafumine pa n’ganda no kulola ku mumana. Baapitile mpaka ku mushi waba nkashi yabo ukuya mu kwipusha nga cakuti baali mumonako 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 aleeangala na bafyala bakwe lintu amwene bawishi pakatalamukila. Aaletina pali limbi nabakalipa, ici calengele ukuti abutukile mu n’ganda mukubelama. Koma bawishi baile kuli ena na ukulanda ati “Simbegwire, walisanga banoko abapwililika. Banoko abakutemwa kabili abakwishiba efyo waba. Nga pali ici, ine ndi ngo watemwa kabili nalikutemwa. Baalisuminishanya ukuti Simbegwire akekala nabaanina senge panshita akafwailapo umwine.


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.

Bawishi bale mutandalila cila bushiku. Mpaka pakulekelesha, baishile na Anita. Aikete Simbegwire pakuboko. “unjeleleko we mwana, nali luufyanya,”aliilile. Kuti wansuminisha ukuti njesheko nakabili?” Simbegwire aloleshe bawishi abali ne cinso ca bulanda. Simbegwire aatampwile panono panono ukulola kuli Anita na ukubika amaboko yakwe ukushunguluka Anita.


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.

Umulungu wakonkelepo, Anita aitile Simbegwire muku mutandalila pamo naba fyala bakwe ukubikapo fye na baanina senge wakwe. Cakulya ninishi ici! Anita apekenye fye ifya kukulya fya temwa Simbegwire na bonse baipakishe mpaka baikuta. Abaice balyangele elyo abakalamba balyashike. Simbegwire aumfwile insansa ne cilumba. Atontonkenye ukuti nombaline, nombaline sana, akabwelela ku n’ganda mu kwikala nabawishi na baanina bakusangamo.


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