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.
A pot of gold, or a pot of rocks? 黃金盆 還是石頭盆？
“I had a great holiday,” Mark said sadly as he and Kathleen got off the train in Taipei. “It was so fun seeing my cousins down south.” “I had lots of fun on our vacation, too,” replied Kathleen as they walked out of the station. “It's a shame work and school are going to start again now ...”
“Don't even mention that!” Mark exclaimed.
Mark and Kathleen grabbed a taxi, and soon arrived at Kathleen's alley.
As they walked down the street towards Kathleen's house, Mark kicked a rock since he was missing Kaohsiung.
The next time Mark kicked the rock, it disappeared.
“Hey, that was weird,” whispered Mark to Kathleen. “I think someone grabbed my rock.”
“It wasn't even your rock,” Kathleen reminded Mark. “And who would want to steal a crummy old rock anyway?”
“I would!” called a voice from behind a fence. “I can turn the rocks into gold!”
As Mark tried to hide behind Kathleen, the man jumped out from behind the fence.
He was a leprechaun with a red beard and a green hat.
“Wait,” said Kathleen, “leprechauns don't turn rocks into gold. They have a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow ...” (Jason Cox, Staff Writer)
1. rock n.
石頭 (shi2 tou2)
例: Look for ants under that rock. They like to hide
2. whisper v.i. /v.t.
輕聲細語 (qing1 sheng1 xi4 yu3)
例: Students whisper in class when they don't want the teacher to hear what they're saying.
3. remind v.t.
提醒 (ti2 xing3)
例: Make sure to remind me to take out the garbage later.
4. leprechaun n.
（愛爾蘭）小精靈 (xiao3 jing1 ling2)
例: Nobody really believes leprechauns live at the end of the rainbow, but we still tell kids the story.
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