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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.


"Shopping trip" 購物行

One day, Kathleen looked down at Mark's shoes and realized that his toes were beginning to stick out of the ends.

"Mark!" she said. "Your shoes look terrible! I need to take you shopping."

Mark should have bought new shoes a long time ago, but he didn't really like crowds or talking to strangers, and it's very hard to go shopping without being in a crowd or talking to a stranger. But when Mark looked at his shoes, even he had to admit that he needed to buy new ones.

In the store, Mark quickly chose the first pair of shoes he saw. He wanted to get back home as soon as he could. "What about these?" he asked Kathleen.

"No way! Not cool enough for you," she answered. Mark tried a few more times to choose a plain pair of shoes, but Kathleen didn't like any of them.

"There!" she said suddenly, pointing to a pair of shoes way up high on a shelf. "Those are the shoes you need." Kathleen started climbing up the shoeboxes to get to them.

"Maybe we should wait for the salesperson to come and help us," Mark warned. "Those shoeboxes don't look very <>."

Kathleen started to answer, but Mark couldn't hear her because suddenly there was a loud crash as all the boxes came falling down.





1. admit v.i./v.t.

承認(cheng2 ren4)

When Shawn's mother asked him, he admitted that he had eaten all of the cookies she had baked.


2. nearly adv.

幾乎(ji1 hu1)

That scooter was going so fast it nearly ran into me!


3. plain adj.

樸素的(pu2 su4 de5),簡單的(jian3 dan1 de5)

I don't like fancy clothes. Just give me something plain to wear and I'll be happy.


4. sturdy adj.

牢固的(lao2 gu4 de5)

One of the legs on that table is broken, so it's not very sturdy.







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