The Kalimba

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TheKalimba Nadiacamefromamusicalfamily.Eachmemberofherfamilywasa musicianofsomekind.Onedayherteacher,Ms.Morris,asked everyonetobringamusicalinstrumenttoclasstoshare.“Your instrumentshouldbeonethatisimportanttoyou,”Ms.Morrissaid. Nadiasaidtoherself,“Iknowexactlywhattobringtoclass—the kalimbaDadbroughtfromSouthAfrica.” Later,Nadiaexplainedherreasontoher father.“Thekalimbaisimportanttome becauseyougotitwhileyouwereontour withyourband.Ididn’ttravelwithyouor seetheperformances.Butthiskalimba makesmefeelasifyoubroughtapieceof SouthAfricahomewithyou.” Nadiasearchedtheentireapartmentforthekalimba,butitwas nowheretobefound.Finally,shestoodinherbrotherMax’s doorwayandaskedifhehadseenit.Maxstoppedstudyingand lookedup.“Ihaven’tseenitsincethebarbecueinthepark,”hesaid. “Oh,no!”Nadiacried.“That’sthelastplaceIrememberseeingit, too.Couldwehaveleftitatthepark?Bynowsomeonehasprobably founditandtakenit.”Shefeltheartbroken. Atthatmoment,Nadiaheardthefrontdooropen,followedbythe softsoundsofsomeoneplayingthekalimba.Nadiarantothedoor. Herlittlesister,Maya,washoldingthekalimba.“Ibroughtitto schoolforshowandtell,”explainedMaya. “Ihadtheverysameidea,”saidNadia,laughing.“Soourwell- traveledkalimbaisgoingrightbacktoschooltomorrow!” ™ ©AdvancedAssessmentSystems/LinkIt!Duplicationisrestrictedtolicenseesonly.

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