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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...

Magic carpet ride 神奇的飛毯之旅

Mark and Kathleen were returning home from the carpet shop one rainy afternoon. They had been sent on an errand by Mark’s Uncle Winston to pick up his Persian rug. They were both very bored. “I’m so bored. Nothing ever happens around here. I wish I could live somewhere else,” Kathleen said. “Where would you like to live?” Mark asked. “Well, I really wish I could live in Paris. That would be so romantic.” Suddenly the carpet unrolled itself and began to hover in the air. They were both amazed. Kathleen jumped on the carpet, and Mark followed her.

They held on tight as the carpet flew high up into the sky. “This is so much fun!” squealed Kathleen. “I wonder where we’re going.” They flew over the ocean for hours until finally they saw some land. “Hey, I think I recognize that building. It’s the Eiffel Tower. We’re in Paris!” Mark said. The carpet landed and they spent the afternoon visiting the most famous sights in Paris, such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre museum.

“I think the carpet can take us anywhere we want. It’s your turn to decide,” Kathleen said to Mark. He made a wish and suddenly they were in Italy at the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The tower wasn’t strong enough to hold Mark’s weight and it started to creak. “Let’s get out of here before you destroy it!” Kathleen shouted.

After that they visited the North Pole and visited some Eskimos in an igloo. They traveled to the Taj Mahal in India, the pyramids in Egypt and the Parthenon in Greece.

Kathleen looked at Mark. “This has been the greatest day ever. Let’s go to one more place. You choose.” Mark looked at the carpet, closed his eyes and said: “I wish we could go to…”(JOHN PHILLIPS, STAFF WRITER)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. errand n.

差事 (chai1 shi4)

例: Keith is always happy to go on errands for his grandfather.

(凱斯總是樂於替他祖父跑腿。)

2. hover v.i.

盤旋 (pan2 xuan2)

例: The mist hovered over the bridge.

(那座橋籠罩在薄霧之中。)

3. creak v.i.

發出吱咯聲 (fa1 chu1 zhi1 ge1 sheng1)

例: The chair creaked as Boris sat down.

(伯里斯坐下時,那張椅子發出吱吱咯咯的聲響。)

4. igloo n.

圓頂建築物 (yuan2 ding3 jian4 zhu2 wu4),冰屋 (bing1 wu1)

例: We made an igloo on our fishing trip.

(我們去釣魚時,搭了一座冰屋。)


某個下雨的午後,馬克和凱薩琳正從地毯店返家。馬克的叔叔溫斯頓要他們去拿回他的波斯地毯。他們兩個都覺得很無聊,凱薩琳說:「我好無聊,這裡都沒什麼事發生,我希望我可以住在別的地方。」馬克問:「你想住在哪裡?」「唔,我真的很想住在巴黎,那一定會很浪漫。」忽然,那張地毯自動攤開來,飄浮在半空中。他們兩個都大感驚奇。凱薩琳跳上那張飛毯,馬克也跟著上去。

飛毯飛上高空時,他們兩個都緊抓住毯子。凱薩琳尖叫著說:「這實在太有趣了!不知道我們要去哪裡。」他們在汪洋上空飛了幾個小時後,終於看見陸地。馬克說:「嘿,我想我認得那個建築,那是艾菲爾鐵塔!我們在巴黎了!」飛毯降落後,他們花了一個下午的時間參觀巴黎的知名景點,像是凱旋門和羅浮宮等。

凱薩琳對馬克說:「我想這張飛毯可以帶我們到任何我們想去的地方,這次換你決定了。」他�?蚅@後,他們瞬間就來到義大利比薩斜塔的塔頂。這座斜塔因為無法支撐馬克的重量,開始吱吱咯咯作響。凱薩琳大叫著說:「在你壓垮它前,我們快走吧!」

之後,他們去北極拜訪了一些住在冰屋裡的愛斯基摩人,他們還去了印度的泰姬瑪哈陵、埃及的金字塔和希臘的帕特農神殿。

凱薩琳看著馬克說:「這真是我有生以來最棒的一天了。我們再去一個地方,你來選。」馬克看了看飛毯,閉上眼睛後說:「我希望我們能去…」(翻譯:袁星塵)

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