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.
Between a rock and a soft place 沙石之間
Mark and Kathleen were lying in the grass at the park one afternoon.
"I sure do love a sunny day, " said Mark as he watched some kids flying kites and others riding their bicycles. An old couple was also playing tennis nearby while a few kids played on the playground slide.
"Everyone has a good time on days like this," Kathleen murmured. "There's just nothing bad that can happen."
A tennis ball bounced out of the tennis court and over the park to Mark. "Don't worry," he yelled to the couple, "I'll get it for you." Mark picked up the ball and started to walk over to the tennis court. Kathleen followed him.
"The ground sure is soft here," Kathleen said to Mark. "It almost feels like being on the beach."
"Yeah, I noticed," replied Mark. "It's almost hard for me to walk since I'm so heavy."
Before Mark even finished the sentence, he really couldn't walk. His feet were stuck in the ground - and he was sinking deeper.
"What's going on?" Mark cried in fear. "What is this?"
"It's quicksand," Kathleen told him. "Just try not to move, you'll only make it worse. I'll try to think of something ..."
1. murmur v.i. /v.t.
咕噥 (gu1 nong2) ，低聲說 (di1 sheng1 shuo1)
例: The students only murmured when the teacher asked who had pulled the prank.
2. stick v.i. /v.t.
被困住 (bei4 kun4 zhu4) ，陷住 (xian4 zhu4)
例: The toilet broke when too much paper got stuck in the pipes.
3. sink v.i. /v.t.
下沉 (xia4 chen2)
例: After hitting the mine, the submarine sank to the bottom of the ocean.
4. quicksand n.
流沙 (liu2 sha14)
例: When the hiker stepped in quicksand, he quickly sank deeper and deeper.
1. Why does Mark start walking across the park?
a. To take a tennis ball.
b. To return a tennis ball.
c. To get a soccer ball.
d. To remove a baseball.
2. Kathleen says walking on the ground feels like ...
a. walking on the moon.
b. walking in the desert.
c. walking on the beach.
d. walking on water.
Ans: 1.b 2.c
Write your own ending to the story! 寫下你的故事結局
Idea 1: Kathleen is able to find a rope and throws it to Mark. Is she able to pull him out by herself? Who comes to help Mark? What will happen if the rope also gets stuck in the sand? How long does it take to finally get Mark out of the quicksand?
Idea 2: Kathleen also starts to sink in the quicksand and is not able to move. How fast are Mark and Kathleen sinking? What objects are nearby that they can use to get out? Do they need any help?
Idea 3: Mark is too scared to stop moving and sinks faster until he disappears into the quicksand with only his trunk above ground. How is Kathleen able to talk to Mark? What does she use to help pull him
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