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 lemon hunt
Long ago, there was a land filled with every kind of fruit tree. The only fruit that nobody had ever seen or tasted, was the lemon.
One day, the king’s favourite daughter, Bokang, fell ill. Many doctors and sangomas tried to help her, but Bokang didn’t get better.
At last, a very old sangoma was called. “Somewhere in this country there is a lemon tree,” she told the king.
“If you give Bokang the juice of one of its lemons, she will get better ...