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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.


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)


1. errand n.

差事 (chai1 shi4)

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


2. hover v.i.

盤旋 (pan2 xuan2)

例: The mist hovered over the bridge.


3. creak v.i.

發出吱咯聲 (fa1 chu1 zhi1 ge1 sheng1)

例: The chair creaked as Boris sat down.


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.







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