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The Adventures of Kathleen the Great and Mark the Meek

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.


“Look both ways!” 走路要看兩邊!

“Oh! look!” shouted Kathleen, pointing across the street. “A pink umbrella! Isn't it cute? I'm going to run over there and buy it,” she said as she started to run across the street.

“Wait!” Mark shouted, reaching out to pull her back onto the sidewalk. As he did so, two motorcycles and one taxi screeched to a stop to keep from hitting each other.

“Watch where you're walking!” the taxi driver shouted at Kathleen before he drove away.

“Well, he wasn't very nice,” Kathleen said with a frown.

“Are you kidding? You can't just walk out into traffic. You're lucky you aren't dead. Don't you know how to cross a street safely? Do you even know what that's for?” Mark asked her. He pointed across the street to the traffic light with the red man lit up, telling people not to cross the street.

“You have to wait until the green man tells you it's OK to start walking,” Mark said.

“And then I can just run straight ahead?” Kathleen asked.

“No! Then you still need to look both ways carefully. Your safety shouldn't depend on whether or not other people break the law.”

Just then, across the street the red man disappeared and the green man started walking slowly.

“Now can I go?” Kathleen asked.

“Did you look both ways?” Mark asked her. Kathleen looked impatient, but she turned her head to the right and then to the left.

Today's Words 今天單字

1. screech v.i. /v.t.

發出尖叫、刺耳聲 (fa1 chu1 jian1 jiao4、ci4 er3 sheng1)

例: Janet screeched loudly when I put an ice cube down the back of her shirt.


2. traffic n.

交通 (jiao1 tong1)

例: I don't like cities because there is too much traffic.


3. impatient adj.

沒有耐心的 (mei2 you3 nai4 xin1 de5)

例: Don't be so impatient! Wait in line, you will get a chance.


“OK, now you can go,” Mark said. (Kayleen Hartman, Staff Writer)













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