Getting green fingers at Grandpa’s 到艾莫爺爺家整理花園
It was a blisteringly hot day and Mark and Kathleen were on the way to help Mark’s Grandpa Elmo with some gardening. Kathleen couldn’t understand why Mark was so excited by it. “What’s so special about this garden?” she asked. “Wait till you see it. It’s big enough to play football in and there is a magnificent fountain. It’s beautiful,” Mark replied.
When they arrived at the house, Grandpa Elmo opened the door. “I’m so happy you came. I’m afraid I’m too old to look after the garden myself these days. Come through and take a look,” he said in a croaky voice. When Mark laid his eyes on the garden he couldn’t believe what he saw. The grass was overgrown, the flowerbeds were untidy and the fountain was broken.
“The first thing I want you to do is mow the lawn,” said Grandpa Elmo. “No problem! Where’s your old lawnmower?” asked Mark. “Oh, I threw it out. It was broken beyond repair. But don’t worry, you can use these,” he said, handing Mark a pair of scissors. As quick as a flash, Kathleen picked up the scissors and ran around the garden cutting the grass. Mark had never seen her move so fast, and three hours later she was finally finished.
“Good job! Time for a break,” said Grandpa Elmo handing them each a glass of fresh lemonade, which they quickly drank. “For your next task, I want you to water the flowers. Unfortunately there’s a hole in my hosepipe so you’ll have to use that,” he said, pointing to a tiny thimble on the coffee table. Kathleen was shocked, but she was too polite to say anything. “I have a better idea,” said Mark. He ran down to the river, sucked up some water with his trunk, and then sprayed it all over the flowers.
Write your own ending to the story! 寫下你的故事結局:
Idea One: Grandpa Elmo asks them to trim the bush…using nail clippers! Do they do it? How long does it take? How do they feel?
Idea Two: Grandpa Elmo wants them to build a scarecrow to protect the seeds. How do they make it? Does it work? What does Grandpa Elmo think of it?
Idea Three: Grandpa Elmo asks them to pick the weeds from the garden. Do they do it? Does he give them a reward? What does he give them?
“What a great idea,” said Grandpa Elmo. “Now before you go, there’s one more thing I want you to do…”
(JOHN PHILLIPS, STAFF WRITER)