Being told stories and being read to leads children to develop the rich storehouse of language, grammar and vocabulary they need to bring to texts when learning to read and write.
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The guinea fowl that laid golden eggs
Once upon a time there was a very poor man called Mzi.
“The children are hungry, and we have no money to buy food,” cried his wife, Pumla. “What are we going to do?”
“I will go hunting,” said Mzi. “If I can catch some guinea fowl, then we will have a tasty meal.”
Off he set into the veld with his catapult and some small stones. Soon he came across a fat guinea fowl in a clearing in the long grass...