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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.

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...

Let's go to the zoo! 去逛動物園!

One afternoon Mark began to think about his family. “You know who I would like to see?” he asked Kathleen. “My cousin, Matt.”

“Why don’t you invite him over?” asked Kathleen.

“I can’t,” said Mark. “He lives in the zoo.”

“Great!” said Kathleen. “We’ll go visit him.”

When they got to the zoo, they headed for the elephant area. Mark began to run, waving his trunk and yelling, “Matt!” as he ran. “It’s me, Mark.”

Suddenly one of the zoo elephants began to run over to the edge of the elephant area. With two elephants running as fast as they could, the ground began to shake so much that Kathleen thought there was an earthquake.

When the two elephants were face to face, Mark could see that there was a mouse sitting on his cousin Matt’s head. “Mark,” said Matt, “Meet my friend, Karen.” The little mouse waved.

“Do you live here too?” Kathleen asked Karen.

“Yup,” the other mouse answered. “Would you like me to show you around?” Kathleen and Karen left Mark and Matt to visit for a while, and Karen led Kathleen through a hole in the ground into a maze of tunnels that looked like it went all over the zoo.

“Cool!” Kathleen said and she began to run down one of the tunnels.

“If you go that way, be careful,” Karen said. “It goes to the snake house.(Kayleen Hartman, staff writer)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. invite v.t.

邀請 (yao1 qing3)

例:I invited all my classmates to my birthday party.

(我邀請全班同學來我生日派對。)

2. edge n.

邊緣 (bian1 yuan2)

例:Don’t stand too close to the edge of the sidewalk, or you might get hit by a car.

(別站在人行道邊緣,不然你可能會被車撞上。)

3. maze n.

迷宮 (mi2 gong1)

例:Once you’re inside a maze, it’s hard to find your way out.

(一旦你身陷迷宮,很難找到出路。)

4. tunnel n.

隧道 (sui4 dao4)

例:There is a tunnel that goes through the mountain so that cars can drive through.

(這是一條車輛可通行的穿山隧道。)


一天下午,馬克開始想起了家人,「你知道我想見誰嗎?」他問凱薩琳,「我表弟麥特。」

「那你為何不邀請他來坐坐?」凱薩琳問。

「我不能,」馬克說,「他住在動物園裡。」

「那好啊!」凱薩琳說,「我們去拜訪他。」

到達動物園後,他們就朝象園的方向走去,馬克開始奔跑,揮動著他的象鼻,還一邊大喊「麥特!」「是我,馬克。」

突然動物園裡一隻大象開始跑向象園邊。因為這兩隻大象全速奔跑,地面開始晃動,凱薩琳還以為發生地震。

兩隻大象面對面時,馬克可以看到表弟麥特的頭上坐著一隻老鼠。

「馬克,」麥特說,「見見我朋友,凱倫」。小老鼠揮了揮手。

「你也住在這兒嗎?」凱薩琳問凱倫。

「是啊,」凱倫回答,「要我帶你到處去看看嗎?」凱薩琳和凱倫離開馬克跟麥特,四處探訪了一會兒。凱倫帶凱薩琳穿過地洞,進入一個看似通往動物園各處的隧道迷宮。

「太酷了!」凱薩琳說著就跑進一條隧道。

「要走那條隧道的話你得小心一點!」凱倫說,「那通往蛇園。」(翻譯:鄭湘儀)

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