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.
Trip to Thailand: Part 2 A big mistake 泰國之旅二--天大的誤會
Today is going to be great!” Kathleen said, jumping out of bed. “Come on, sleepyhead! Get up!”
Mark sat up in bed, rubbing his eyes. “Why, what’s today?”
“Today is the day we tour the island,” Kathleen said excitedly. “We can go diving and snorkeling; we’ll climb to the top of the mountain in the national park ... we can even go swimming in a lake where there is a waterfall!”
Mark thought a lot of these things sounded a little dangerous, but Kathleen was so happy about it that he couldn’t help but smile. “Okay,” he said. “I guess I should wear my swimsuit.”
The two friends set out for the park. They were hiking on a big trail when they saw something interesting in the clearing ahead of them. “Wait a minute,” said Mark. “What’s going on over there?”
“Elephants!” Kathleen shouted. “They’re riding elephants!”
Mark and Kathleen walked toward the clearing. Sure enough, people were sitting on the elephants’ backs, and some of the elephants were carrying two or three people!
“Wow,” said Kathleen. “That looks like fun. How many people do you think you could carry, Mark? Mark?”
“Kathleen!” Mark yelled from behind her.
Kathleen turned around to talk to him and got a big surprise. Two small children had wandered over and they were trying to climb onto Mark’s back! Mark looked at Kathleen with nervous eyes. “What am I supposed to do?!” he cried.
1. tour v.
遊覽 (you2 lan3)
例:After Taiwan, we are going to tour Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
2. diving n.
潛水 (qian2 shui3)
例:Before going diving, you have to make sure the water is not too shallow.
3. snorkeling n.
浮潛 (fu2 qian2)
例:When Lacey went snorkeling, she saw a lot of different tropical fish.
4. clearing n.
空地 (kong4 di4)
例:My house is surrounded by trees, but there is a clearing where my dog and I like to play.
(Emily shih, staff writer)