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 night on the town 逛夜市
Mark and Kathleen were eating some shaved ice at the night market.
"Being trapped in that science lab for so long was not fun," said Mark. "I'm glad we got out."
"That's for sure," Kathleen sighed. "That was the worst experience I've ever had."
"On the bright side, Terry the tiger is now our friend," Mark noted. "Too bad he's busy today."
Mark and Kathleen left the shaved ice stand and walked through the night market. As they walked, they saw people selling jewelry, pillows, CDs, fashionable clothes and shoes. And of course, there was a lot of food.
"All right, stinky tofu! Do you want any, Mark?" Kathleen asked.
"No thanks," Mark said as he began to look around. He noticed some black dots on the ground nearby.
"Hmm, that looks weird," he mumbled. When he looked closer at the ground, he realized they weren't black dots. They were cockroaches! And Mark hated cockroaches.
"Ah!" Mark screamed and began to run away. In his haste, he started to knock over all the vendors carts. Other people in the night market yelled in fear of the rampaging elephant.
"Mark, stop!" Kathleen called as she chased him ...(Jason Cox, Staff Writer)
WHAT HAPPENED? 究竟怎麼回事?
1. Where are Mark and Kathleen in this story?
a. They are back at Mark's house.
b. They are stuck in a science lab.
c. They are at a night market.
d. They are at Kathleen's house.
2. What does Kathleen, but not Mark, want to buy?
a. Shaved ice.
b. A puppy.
c. A new purse.
d. Stinky tofu.
Ans: 1.c 2.d
FINISH IT 故事接龍
Write your own ending to the story! 寫下你的故事結局:
Idea 1: Everywhere Mark goes, there are cockroaches! He just can't get away from them. What else does he knock over? How is Kathleen able to catch him or stop him? Is anybody hurt by Mark's rampage? How does Mark pay for the damage he's done?
Idea 2: Mark accidently steps on one of the cockroaches and faints in fear. What does he hit when he falls down? How do Kathleen and others around him help Mark? What does he do when he wakes up?
Idea 3: The cockroaches think it's funny to see Mark run, so they chase him down and crawl all over him. What does Mark do when he notices the cockroaches on him? Is he able to get them off himself or does he need help? What do others in the night market do?
1. shaved ice n. phr.
挫冰 (cuo4 bing1)
例: I love to eat shaved ice with fruit on top on warm summer days.
2. pillow n.
枕頭 (zhen3 tou2)
例: I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
3. cockroach n.
蟑螂 (zhang1 lang2)
例:A cockroach will die after a week without water, but they can live for a month without food!
4. rampage v.i.
橫衝直撞 (heng2 chong1 zhi2 zhuang4)
例:King Kong rampaged through the city, destroying cars and buildings.
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