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.
Gone fishing 去釣魚
Mark and Kathleen were walking by the river one afternoon when they passed a few fishermen. One of them had a large fish on the end of his line, and it was flopping around crazily.
“Wow, look at that!” Kathleen cried.
“Eww,” said Mark. “The only time I like to look at fish is when I'm about to eat them.”
“I'll bet I can fish too,” Kathleen said, and she walked over to the fishermen to make friends.
“It might be harder than it looks,” warned Mark, but he followed after her.
“Hello! How are you?” Kathleen said to the fishermen, and she gave them her brightest smile. “Do you think I could give that a try?” she said, point to the fishing pole one of the fishermen was holding.
The fisherman took the hook out of the fish's mouth, threw the fish in a bucket and handed the pole to Kathleen.
“First, you need bait,” he said and he showed her how to put a smaller fish on the hook.
“Gross!” said Mark, making a disgusted face. “Fish will eat other fish?” he asked.
“Of course,” answered the fishermen. “The big fish eat the smaller ones. And we eat the big fish,” they said as they laughed.
“I read about this in school,” Mark said. “It's called the food chain, and all animals are part of it.”
(Kayleen Hartman, staff writer)
1. flop v.i.
撲通落下 (pu1 tong1 luo4 xia4)
例: The first thing I do when I get home from school is turn on the air conditioning and flop down on the couch.
2. bait n.
誘餌 (you4 er3)
例: If you want to catch mice, cheese is a good bait.
3. disgusted adj.
覺得噁心的 (jue2 de2 e3 xin1 de5)
例: I was disgusted when Chad picked up a frog and put it in my face.
4. food chain n.
食物鏈 (shi2 wu4 lian4)
例: Lions are very high up on the food chain.