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.
“I've had enough!” yelled Kathleen as she walked through the door. Mark was reading quietly, but he looked up as she came in.
“What are you so angry about?” he asked.
“The bus!” she said, still yelling. “I waited at the bus stop for 30 minutes today. When the bus came, I was so hot and tired I almost cried. Tomorrow, we're buying a scooter and you're going to teach me how to ride it.”
“Um ... OK, I guess,” answered Mark. He didn't say anything, but he was secretly a little bit scared.
The next day, Mark helped Kathleen get on her new scooter.
“Now, put on your helmet,” he said. Mark handed her her helmet, and put his helmet on his head.
“Why are you putting on a helmet?” Kathleen asked. “You're not riding with me.”
“No,” Mark said. “But I'll be very close by, and I think it's better if I protect myself.”
“From me?” Kathleen asked. “But this is easy! Just watch.” Kathleen put on the gas, and the scooter jumped forward.
“Watch out!” Mark yelled. Kathleen had almost driven right over his foot. “If you hurt my foot, who is going to carry me home?”
“I will, on my scooter!” said Kathleen.
“I don't think so,” Mark answered, looking more scared than ever. “Now, let me teach you about the brake.”(Kayleen Hartman, staff writer)
1. hand v.i. /v.t.
傳遞 (chuan2 di4)
例: It's cold in here. Can you please hand me my sweater?
2. protect v.t.
保護 (bao3 hu4)
例: Our family dog likes to protect our house.
3. put on/step on the gas v. phr.
踩油門 (cai3 you2 men2)
例: When Travis stepped on the gas, the car sped forward.
4. brake n.
煞車 (sha1 che1)
例: When my mother hit the brakes, the car stopped suddenly.