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Les enfants de cire Children of wax Abana ba ipula

Written by Southern African Folktale

Illustrated by Wiehan de Jager

Translated by Alexandra Danahy

Read by Monique Bournot-Trites

Language French

Level Level 2

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Il était une fois une famille bien heureuse.

Once upon a time, there lived a happy family.

Patile akantu, kwali ulupwa ulwaleikala ulwasansamuka.


Ils ne se disputaient jamais. Ils aidaient leurs parents à la maison et dans les champs.

They never fought with each other. They helped their parents at home and in the fields.

Tabatalile abalwa bekabeka. Baleyafwa abafyashi babo pa ng’anda na mu ibala.


Mais ils n’avaient pas le droit de s’approcher d’un feu.

But they were not allowed to go near a fire.

Lelo tabasuminishiwe ukupalama ku mulilo.


Ils devaient faire tout leur travail pendant la nuit. Puisqu’ils étaient faits de cire !

They had to do all their work during the night. Because they were made of wax!

Balebomba imilimo yabo yonse ubushiku. Pantu bapangilwe na ipula.


Mais un des garçons désirait se promener au soleil.

But one of the boys longed to go out in the sunlight.

Lelo umulumendo umo alifulwike ukuya panse mu kasuba.


Un jour son désir était trop puissant. Ses frères l’avertirent…

One day the longing was too strong. His brothers warned him…

Bushiku bumo ukufuluka kwalicililemo. Ba ndume yakwe balimucengeshe.


Mais c’était trop tard ! Il fondit au soleil brûlant.

But it was too late! He melted in the hot sun.

Lelo inshita yalipitile kale. Alisungulwike mu kasuba akakaba.


Les enfants de cire étaient si tristes de voir leur frère fondre.

The wax children were so sad to see their brother melting away.

Abana ba ipula bali ababulanda pakumona uko ndume yabo alesunguluka.


Mais ils firent un plan. Ils façonnèrent le morceau de cire fondue en oiseau.

But they made a plan. They shaped the lump of melted wax into a bird.

Lelo balyumfwene. Balipangile icuuni ukufuma ku ipula ilya sungulwike.


Ils apportèrent leur frère l’oiseau jusqu’au sommet d’une montagne haute.

They took their bird brother up to a high mountain.

Balisendele ndume yabo mu cuuni pa mulu walupili ulutali.


Et lorsque le soleil se leva, il s’envola vers la lumière du matin en chantant.

And as the sun rose, he flew away singing into the morning light.

Elyo lintu akasuba katulile, alipupwike aleimba mu cengelo ca lucelo.


Written by: Southern African Folktale
Illustrated by: Wiehan de Jager
Translated by: Alexandra Danahy
Read by: Monique Bournot-Trites
Language: French
Level: Level 2
Source: Children of wax from African Storybook
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