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The Adventures of Kathleen the Great and Mark the Meek
英勇凱薩琳與害羞馬克歷險記

Meet Kathleen the mouse and Mark the elephant. Kathleen is very brave and likes adventure, but Mark is very shy and scared of many things. But friends stay together, so Mark follows Kathleen wherever she goes. Sometimes they get into some very sticky situations.

見見老鼠凱薩琳和大象馬克。凱薩琳非常勇敢又喜歡冒險,但馬克的個性十分害羞,對許多事情都感到害怕。不過,朋友都喜歡黏在一塊兒,所以凱薩琳走到哪兒,馬克就會跟到哪兒。有時候,他們也會碰上非常棘手的情況?

"Mark goes away" 馬克不在家

"Mark!" Kathleen yelled as she knocked on Mark's bedroom door. "Wake up! It's time to start your day!" Kathleen knocked and knocked, but there was no answer.

"That's strange," Kathleen thought to herself. "I wonder where he could be?" She looked in every room and behind the dresser, but no matter where she looked, she couldn't find him. Finally, she found a note next to the kitchen sink. It said:

Dear Kathleen,

I've gone to visit my family. I'll be back in two days. I hope you will be OK. --Mark

"OK? Of course I'll be OK!" Kathleen said after she read the note. "This will be great!" she continued, talking out loud. "There are so many things I have been wanting to do that Mark is too scared to do. Now that he's not here, I can finally do them all."

Kathleen sat down on the couch and thought about all the things she had wanted to do and all the places she had wanted to go, but none of them sounded like much fun without Mark.

Suddenly her stomach rumbled. She walked over to the refrigerator and opened the door, but there was nothing inside. Kathleen's eyes filled up with tears. "I miss Mark!!" she cried. (Kayleen Hartman, Staff writer)

「馬克!」凱薩琳一邊敲著馬克的房門一邊大喊。

「起床!該開始幹活了!」凱薩琳一直敲,卻都沒有回應。

「奇怪了!」凱薩琳心想,「不知道他去哪裡了?」她找遍每個房間和衣櫃後面,但不論怎麼找就是不見馬克人影,最後她在廚房水槽旁看見一張紙條,寫著:

親愛的凱薩琳:

Today's Words 今天單字

1. knock v.i./v.t.

敲 (qiao1)

I thought I heard someone knocking, but when I went to the front door, there was no one there.

我以為我聽見有人敲門,但是當我走去前門,卻沒人在那兒。

2. out loud adv. phr.

說出口 (shuo1 chu1 kuo3)

If you're thinking something mean about someone, it's not polite to say it out loud.

如果你對某人有負面的想法,公開明說是不禮貌的。

3. rumble v.i.

隆隆作聲 (long2 long2 zuo4 sheng1)

Sally saw dark clouds in the sky and heard thunder rumbling far away.

莎莉看見天空的烏雲,聽見遠方隆隆的雷聲。


我去拜訪家人,兩天後就會回來,希望你一切安好。 --馬克

凱薩琳看完紙條後說:「安好?我當然會好好的囉!」「太好了!」她繼續說:「好多事我一直想做,可是馬克不敢做,現在他不在,我終於可以放手做了!」

凱薩琳坐在沙發上,想著所有她一直想做的事和一直想去的地方,但是沒有馬克,一切都變得無趣。

突然,她的肚子開始咕嚕咕嚕叫,她走到冰箱,打開門,裡頭卻空無一物,凱薩琳的眼睛溢著淚水,「我想念馬克!」凱薩琳放聲大哭。(翻譯:鄭湘儀)

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