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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.


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)







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.






「馬克,別跑了!」凱薩琳一邊叫一邊追... (翻譯:林倩如)


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


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?

想法一: 馬克無論到哪兒,都會看見蟑螂!他就是無法擺脫他們。他還撞倒了什麼?凱薩琳能追上他、阻止他嗎?橫衝直撞的馬克有傷到人嗎?馬克要如何賠償損失?

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?

想法二: 馬克不小心踩到一隻蟑螂,結果嚇昏了。他倒地時撞到什麼東西?凱薩琳和身邊其他人如何幫助馬克?他清醒過來後做了什麼?

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?

想法三: 蟑螂們看到馬克狂奔的樣子覺得很好玩,於是一路追著他跑,還爬滿他全身。馬克發現蟑螂上身時會怎麼做?他能自己甩掉他們,還是需要他人協助?夜市裡的其他人又做了什麼?

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