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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.



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,朋友都喜歡黏在一塊兒,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...

Massage machine mayhem 恐怖的按摩機

One day Mark and Kathleen went to the mall to get some supplies for the summer. Mark needed new swim trunks and sunglasses while Kathleen wanted to get a volleyball set and a big hat to block the sun.

They walked around the mall for hours. Kathleen couldn’t find a hat she liked.

“Why don’t you just get that red one?” Mark asked.

“There are flowers on it. I don’t like hats with flowers,” Kathleen said.

“You’re being too picky,” Mark complained.

Eventually Kathleen did find a hat she liked. But by that time the two friends were beat.

“I have an idea!” Kathleen said. “Let’s go to the store with the massage chairs. They let you have a free trial.

Finally Mark felt that things were looking up again.

They went to the store. Kathleen sat in a massage chair, and Mark put his feet into a special machine for massaging the legs.

After about 20 minutes Mark and Kathleen were ready to go. But Mark couldn’t turn the machine off and couldn’t get his feet out.

“That’s strange,” Mark said.

He tried using his trunk to pry his legs away from the machine. But then his trunk got stuck, too!

Mark shouted, “Kathleen, help me…!”

(MICHAEL KEARNEY, STAFF WRITER)

某天馬克和凱薩琳去一家購物中心採買一些夏日用品,馬克要買新泳褲和太陽眼鏡,凱薩琳則是想買一組排球用具和一頂大遮陽帽。

他們在購物中心逛了好幾個小時,凱薩琳都選不到喜歡的帽子。

馬克問:「妳怎麼不選那頂紅色的?」

凱薩琳說:「那頂上面有花,我不喜歡有花的帽子。」

馬克抱怨說:「妳太龜毛了啦。」

最後凱薩琳還是沒有選到喜歡的帽子,但他們兩人已經累壞了。

凱薩琳說:「我有個點子!我們去那間有按摩椅的店吧,他們可以讓你免費試用。」

這下馬克才終於又振作了起來。

他們到了那間店,凱薩琳坐上一台按摩椅,馬克把他的腳放到一部專門按摩腿部的按摩機中。

大約二十分鐘後,馬克和凱薩琳準備離開,但馬克卻無法關掉那台機器,也無法把他的腳抽出來。

馬克說:「這好奇怪。」

他想用鼻子把腿從機器中撬出來,結果他的鼻子也卡住了!

馬克大叫:「凱薩琳,救救我…!」

(翻譯:袁星塵)

FINISH IT 故事接龍

Write your own ending to the story! 寫下你的故事結局:

Idea 1: Kathleen runs over to try to help Mark. Is she able to get him out of the machine? Does Mark try using his strength to break the machine? What does the store manager do?

想法一: 凱薩琳跑去幫馬克,她能把馬克從那台機器裡救出來嗎?馬克會用力破壞這台機器嗎?店經理會怎麼做?

Idea 2: The store manager sees what’s happening and runs over. Does the manager help get Mark out? Is he more concerned about Mark or the machine? Does anybody else get stuck or hurt in the store?

想法二: 店經理看到後就跑過來,店經理會幫馬克脫困嗎?他比較擔心馬克還是這台機器?還有其他人在這間店裡受傷或是被卡住嗎?

Idea 3: Kathleen wants to help Mark, but she’s having problems of her own in the massage chair. What’s going wrong? Do the two manage to escape from the machines? Do they ever try massage machines again?

想法三: 凱薩琳想幫馬克,但她自己也被所坐的那台按摩椅困住了,怎麼會這樣?他們兩人能從中脫困嗎?他們以後還敢坐按摩椅嗎?


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