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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

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.

見見老鼠凱薩琳和大象馬克。凱薩琳非常勇敢又喜歡冒險,但馬克的個性十分害羞,對許多事情都感到害怕。不過,朋友都喜歡黏在一塊兒,所以凱薩琳走到哪兒,馬克就會跟到哪兒。有時候,他們也會碰上非常棘手的情況...

The great outdoors 戶外樂趣多

Kathleen stepped out into the sunshine and took a deep breath. “Isn't this great?!” she yelled to the sky. Mark came behind her, carrying a rolled-up tent, two sleeping bags and some old fishing equipment.

“Yeah. How much farther do I have to carry this stuff?”

“Mark, you only carried it downstairs. If you're tired already, how are you going to make it up a whole mountain?”

“Maybe we don't have to go all the way up into the mountains to go camping. You know, there's a beautiful park just down the street. They have a nice little pond and everything.”

“No way! We're going to the mountains. Besides, what kind of a challenge would camping in the park be? Nothing scary or difficult ever happens in the park.”

“Yeah, that's kind of what I like about it ...” Mark said, but he put the camping equipment on his back and followed Kathleen down the street.

Once they were in the mountains and found a good place to make camp, Mark began unpacking their things and putting up the tent.

“After all that walking, I'm really hungry! What's for dinner?” he asked Kathleen.

Kathleen didn't answer, and Mark began to look a little nervous and very hungry.

“You did pack dinner, didn't you Kathleen?” Mark asked.

“Even better!” Kathleen answered. “We're going to have an adventure for dinner -— we'll even cook it over a campfire. Grab a fishing pole, let's go!” (Kayleen Hartman, staff writer)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. equipment n.

裝備 (zhuang1 bei4)

例: If you're on a baseball team, you have to bring your equipment to every practice.

(你如果參加棒球隊,每次練習都得帶自己的裝備。)

2. challenge n.

挑戰 (tiao3 zhan4)

例: If you're not doing well in your Science class, you should think of it as a challenge, not a problem.

(你若在自然科學課堂上表現不佳,應該將它視為挑戰,而不是問題。)

3. adventure n.

冒險 (mao4 xian3)

例: I like reading books about adventures because they have the most exciting stories.

(我喜歡閱讀有關冒險的書籍,因為裡頭有最精采的故事。)

4. pack v.t.

整理行李 (zheng2 li3 xing2 li3 )

例: Have you packed for your trip to Germany yet?

(你要去德國的行李打包好了嗎?)


凱薩琳踏進陽光裡,深深地吸了一口氣。「是不是很棒啊?」她對著天空吶喊,馬克走在她身後,扛著一個捆綁起來的帳棚、兩個睡袋和一些老舊的釣魚器具。

「是啊,我還得扛著這堆東西走多遠?」

「馬克,你才把它們扛下樓就已經累了,那你要怎麼把它們扛上山?」

「也許我們不必一路走到山裡露營,你可知道,這條街往下走就有一個美麗的公園,那裡有個不錯的小池塘,應有盡有。」

「不行,我們到山裡去,更何況,在公園裡露營有什麼挑戰性?公園裡從來不會有可怕或困難的事。」

「是啊,這就是我為何喜歡公園的原因…」馬克咕噥地說,但還是把露營器具扛在背上,跟著凱薩琳一路往下走。

他們一到達山裡,找到露營的好地點,馬克就開始卸下他們的東西,撐起帳棚。

「走了這麼多路之後,我真的好餓喔!晚餐吃什麼?」馬克問凱薩琳。

凱薩琳沒有回答,馬克開始看起來有點緊張,而且飢腸轆轆。

「你沒有打包我們的晚餐對不對,凱薩琳?」馬克問。

「有更好的!」凱薩琳回答,「我們要進行晚餐覓食探險,再用營火烹煮。拿起釣魚竿,出發囉!」 (翻譯:鄭湘儀)

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