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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

By Kayleen Hartman  /  STAFF WRITER

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.


Train Trip 搭火車旅行

One Saturday morning, Mark and Kathleen were at the train station very early. They were taking a trip to the coast. Kathleen had been so excited the night before that she couldn’t sleep. Instead, she stayed awake all night making plans. But when morning came, she became very, very tired.

“Did you buy the tickets?” Mark asked her, looking very nervous.

“No, you go buy them. I’m too tired,” she answered.

Mark looked over at the ticket window. “I don’t want to,” he said. “The ticket man looks scary.”

So Kathleen walked up to the window, rubbing her eyes. “Two tickets to Taidong, please,” she said, but she was yawning so much that the ticket man couldn’t understand her.

“Two tickets to Taichung?” the ticket man asked. Still yawning and with her eyes half closed, Kathleen nodded ‘yes.’ She was already half asleep.

Mark and Kathleen showed the man at the gate the tickets, and he told them which platform to go to.

Kathleen was so tired, Mark had to carry her onto the train and put her into her seat. The whole time, Mark never looked at the tickets, because this was the first time he had ever taken a train, and all he could think about was how loud, crowded and scary everything was.

A while later, Kathleen woke up. “Where are we?” she asked.(Kayleen Hartman, Staff Writer)


1. coast n.

海邊 (hai3 bian1)

When a typhoon is coming, it isn’t safe to go to the mountains or the coast.


2. yawn v.i.

打呵欠 (da3 he1 qian4)

Whenever I see someone yawn, I always start yawning myself.


3. nod v.i./v.t.

點頭 (dian3 tou2)

My mother asked me if I wanted a cookie and I nodded happily.


4. platform n.

月台 (yue4 tai2)

When waiting on the MRT platform, you should stand behind the yellow line.












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