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.
Seeing pink elephants 看見粉紅象
Mark and Kathleen were walking to the beach when Mark bumped into a ladder. A can of pink paint fell off the ladder and landed on Mark.
"Oh no!" Mark cried. "Now I have to go home and shower."
"Don't worry about it," Kathleen said. "You can just wash off at the beach."
Kathleen petted Mark's back to make him feel better. As the two continued walking to the beach, Mark noticed that people were looking at him funny. He began to feel uncomfortable.
"How come people are walking away from me?" Mark asked Kathleen.
"I'm not sure. Maybe they're not used to seeing pink elephants."
A few minutes later they got to the beach. Mark walked to the showers to clean up when he passed by a cop who was arresting a bum.
"What an unusual view," the bum said. "Do you see that, officer?"
"No, I don't see anything. You can run along. I'm going to go home and rest."
Mark felt even more uncomfortable. He finally made it to the shower and turned on the water.
"Drats!" Mark shouted. "The paint won't come off."
Mark started to walk back over to Kathleen when he noticed trouble. The policeman was arresting Kathleen …
1. bump v.i. /v.t.
例: Tex bumped into the waitress and she dropped a plate.
2. paint n.
油漆 (you2 qi1)
例: I need some paint for my living room.
3. pet v.i. /v.t.
撫摸 (fu3 mo1)
例: Chloe's cat loves it when people pet him.
4. bum n.
流浪漢 (liu2 lang4 han4)
例: The bums at the train station are usually very friendly.
1. Kathleen's hands are pink. Why?
a. They have always been pink.
b. She put them in the paint can.
c. She petted Mark.
d. She ate some pink cotton candy.
2. Who won't admit that he or she sees a pink elephant?
c. The bum.
d. The police officer.
Ans: 1. c 2. d
Write your own ending to the story! 寫下你的故事結局:
Idea 1: The policeman thinks that Kathleen has been painting pink elephants. Does Mark go over and help Kathleen? What does the policeman do when he sees Mark again? Do they both end up in jail?
Idea 2: The policeman thinks that Kathleen is trying to trick him. Why is the policeman so upset about a pink elephant? What does the bum think? Does Mark try to clear matters up?
Idea 3: The policeman thinks that Mark and Kathleen are trying to scare people and takes them both to the police station. Do they have to spend time in jail? Does anybody help them? Does Mark ever manage to get the pink paint off?
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