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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 adventures, 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 situatuins.

見見老鼠凱薩琳和大象馬克。凱薩琳非常勇敢又喜歡冒險,但馬克的個性十分害羞,對許多事情都感到害怕。不過,朋友都喜歡黏在一起,所以凱薩琳走到哪兒,馬克就會跟到哪兒。有時候,他們也會碰上非常棘手的情況...

Let sleeping dogs lie 半夜驚魂記

Mark and Kathleen decided to go for a walk one night along the river. It was very dark that night because clouds blocked both the moon and the stars.

"Do you think we should be walking this late at night?" Mark asked.

"Why not? Nobody dares to mess with you because you're so big."

Kathleen was right to say that Mark was big. But he wasn't brave .

As they walked along they heard noises.

"What was that?" Mark asked.

"Those were just frogs. Stop being afraid of everything!" Kathleen shouted.

Mark looked at her sadly, and Kathleen felt sorry. She had told Mark many times that he shouldn't be cowardly ; it was useless to bring it up again. She agreed to head back to the car.

They were almost there when they saw a pack of dogs lying asleep on the path.

"Let's turn around and go back the long way. It's best to let sleeping dogs lie ," Mark said.

"No way," Kathleen replied. "We'll be fine if we just walk very quietly."

The two friends began tiptoeing their way through the pack of dogs. They were almost through when one of the dogs woke up, looked at Mark and began barking. Soon all the dogs were awake and had surrounded Mark and Kathleen …(MICHAEL KEARNEY, STAFF WRITER)

某天晚上,馬克和凱薩琳決定到河邊散步。那一晚,天色非常地昏暗,月亮和星星都被雲遮住了。

「你確定我們這麼晚了還要出來散步嗎?」馬克問。

「為什麼不行?沒有人敢鬧你的,你塊頭這麼大。」

凱薩琳說對了,馬克是很大一隻,但他卻很膽小。

他們走著走著聽到一陣怪聲。

「那是什麼東西?」馬克問。

「是青蛙啦!不要怕東怕西的,」凱薩琳大聲說。

馬克難過地看著凱薩琳,這讓她感到很內疚。可是,凱薩琳已經告訴馬克很多次,不要那麼地膽小,所以再說也沒用,於是她答應馬克返回停車的地方。

就快要到的時候,他們看到一群狗躺在路上睡覺。

「我們還是掉頭走遠路好了,最好不要惹麻煩,」馬克說。

「不行,」凱薩琳回說:「我們只要輕聲地走過去,就不會有事了。」

於是牠們開始踮起腳,走過這群狗身邊,就在快要通過的時候,其中一隻狗醒過來了,朝著馬克開始狂吠。很快地,其他的狗也都醒了,他們包圍住馬克和凱薩琳...(翻譯:楊鴻泰)

WHAT HAPPENED? 究竟怎麼回事?

1. Kathleen says that Mark is …

a. brave. b. large.

c. useless. d. annoying.

2. Why did Mark want to turn around?

a. He wanted to avoid the dogs.

b. He wanted to get back to the car quickly.

c. He had forgotten something.

d. He thought they were lost.


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