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.
Kathleen was excited. She had bought Mark a present. The only problem was, he was still sleeping. And because he wasn’t awake, he couldn’t see his present. If he didn’t see his present, they couldn’t go outside and play with it.
Kathleen stood outside Mark’s door and listened to him snoring. Then the snoring stopped. She heard a crash.
“Yay!” she yelled. Kathleen knew that the crashing sound meant that Mark had found his present.
“Kathleen!” he yelled. “Why did I trip over a pair of skates?!”
“Suprise!” she said. “I bought you a present. I bought myself one too!” she laughed. “Hurry up and come outside so we can play with our new skates.”
Thirty minutes later, Kathleen and Mark were sitting on a bench in the park with their new skates on.
“Ready?” Kathleen asked as she stood up.
“No.” Mark answered, looking scared. “I tripped over the skates before I even put them on my feet. What do you think will happen if I try to move when I’m actually wearing them?” he asked.
Kathleen pulled on his trunk and tried to skate away. “Let’s GO!” she said.
“I really don’t know about this,” said Mark, but he stood up and skated shakily after her. (Kayleen Hartman, staff writer)
1. snore v.i.
打鼾 (da3 han1)
例: Whenever Debby has a cold, she snores at night.
2. crash n.
撞擊聲 (zhuang4 ji2 sheng1)
例: When Jerry dropped the cups, plates, bowls and chopsticks, there was a loud crash.
3. trip v.i./v.t.
絆倒 (ban4 dao3)
例: Rachel would have won the race, but Teresa put her foot out and tripped her.
4. shakily adv.
顫抖地 (zhan4 dou3 di5)
例: After I had turned in circles for five minutes, I shakily walked back to my chair and sat down.
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