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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...

Thanksgiving Dinner 感恩節晚餐

"Hey Mark, do you remember how long the turkey is supposed to roast?" Kathleen called.

"I don't know," Mark said. "How much pumpkin should I put inside these pies?"

Kathleen and Mark were visiting Kathleen's aunt and uncle in the US, and they were going to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family.

"Are you sure you want to do this?" Kathleen's aunt had asked. "Thanksgiving dinner is not easy to cook."

But Kathleen had insisted. "Don't worry about it!" she had said. "Mark and I know what we're doing!"

Now she wasn't so sure.

"Um, Mark? What time is it?" Kathleen said. Her voice sounded a little bit panicked.

"Almost 3pm, why?"

"We only have four hours!" Kathleen wailed. "The turkey isn't done, you don't know how much pumpkin to put in the pies, I haven't started making the mashed potatoes, the stuffing looks really gross, and I lost my recipe for cranberry sauce!"

Mark hurried over to where Kathleen was standing and tried to calm her down. "It's going to be okay," he said. "We'll finish in time. We just have to ..."

He stopped talking and sniffed the air. "Kathleen? Is something burning?"

"Oh no!" Kathleen cried. "The turkey!" (Emily Shih, Staff Writer)

凱薩琳大叫︰「嘿,馬克,你記得火雞應該烤多久嗎?」

「我不知道,」馬克說︰「我應該在這些派中放多少南瓜?」

凱薩琳和馬克拜訪凱薩琳在美國的姨媽與姨丈,他們將為全家人煮一頓感恩節晚餐。

「你確定你想這樣做?」 凱薩琳的姨媽問過她︰「感恩節晚餐不好煮喔。」

Today's Words 今天單字

1. insist v.t./v.i.

堅持(jian1 chi2)

I told Jordan that he didn't need to pick me up from the airport, but he insisted.

我告訴喬丹他不必來機場接我,但他堅持。2. recipe n.

食譜(shi2 pu3)

My mother has a great recipe for chocolate chip cookies that her mother gave to her.

我母親有外婆相傳的巧克力脆片餅乾美味食譜。3. sniff v.t./v.i.

聞(wen2)

I didn't know if the milk had gone bad so I sniffed it to check.

我不知道這個牛奶壞了沒,所以我聞一聞來確定一下。4.burn v.t./v.i.

燒焦(shao1 jiao1)

Carter left the steak on the stove for too long and when he came back it was burnt.

卡特把牛排留下爐子上太久了,當他回來時,牛排已經燒焦。


不過凱薩琳堅持。「別擔心這個!」她說︰「馬克和我知道我們在做什麼!」

現在她不敢那麼肯定了。

凱薩琳說︰「嗯,馬克?現在幾點了?」她的聲音聽起來有點緊張。

「快下午三點了,怎麼了?」

凱薩琳哀嚎說︰「我們只剩四個小時了!」「火雞還沒好,你不知道派裡要放多少南瓜,我還沒開始做馬鈴薯泥,填料看起來很噁心,我還弄丟了蔓越莓醬的食譜!」

馬克趕緊跑到凱薩琳身邊,試圖安撫她。「不會有事的,」他說︰「我們一定可以準時完成。我們只要‥‥‥」

馬克停下來,聞一聞空氣。「凱薩琳?是不是有東西燒焦了?」

「噢,不!」凱薩琳大叫︰「火雞!」

(翻譯︰賴美君)

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