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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...

An elephant in love

墜入愛河的馬克

Mark and Kathleen were at the beach on their annual vacation. As usual, they were having a great time building sandcastles and burying each other in the sand. Mark had gone to the hot dog stand to buy some hot dogs, but when he returned 10 minutes later he had some news for Kathleen. “I’ve fallen in love at the hot dog stand. Her name’s Fiona. She’s a squirrel.” Kathleen was shocked. None of her friends had fallen in love before, especially not with a squirrel.

Mark was determined to impress Fiona. He wanted to show her that he was strong and brave, so he headed to the swimming pool and climbed to the highest diving board. As he stood on the edge looking down, he felt terrified. He could just about see Fiona down below. He closed his eyes and fell into the water, causing a huge splash. When he got out he ran over to Fiona. “What did you think of that?” he said cheerfully. “Sorry, I missed it. I fell asleep on the sun lounger,” said Fiona.

Mark was disappointed, but not deterred. He decided to impress her by doing some jet skiing, so he hired a jet ski and got in the water. The waves were high, but Mark showed great skill twisting and turning in the ocean. A huge crowd gathered on the shore to watch the elephant on the water. An hour later he returned to the beach where Fiona was sitting. “What did you think of that,” he said. “I’m sorry. I had to make a phone call. I didn’t see it,” said Fiona.

This time Mark was very sad. He sat on the shore with his trunk in the water and stared at his reflection. He was thinking about Fiona and about how unfair everything was, when suddenly he heard somebody shouting in the water. “Help, help,” said the voice…

FINISH IT 故事接龍

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

Idea 1: Fiona is in the water and she can’t swim! Mark saves her and takes her to the shore. Is she impressed? What does Kathleen think?

想法一: 喊救命的人正是費歐娜,她不會游泳!馬克把她救上岸。她有感動嗎?凱薩琳覺得如何?

Idea 2: A child is drowning and Mark saves him! Does Mark get a reward? Does Fiona notice?

想法二: 一個小孩差點淹死,結果馬克救了他!馬克會得到獎賞嗎?費歐娜會看到嗎?

Idea 3: Fiona can’t swim and Mark tries to save her, but then he gets in trouble. Does Kathleen save them both? What does Fiona think about that?

想法三: 費歐娜不會游泳,馬克想救她,但他也自身難保。凱薩琳會跳下去救他們兩人嗎?費歐娜有什麼感覺?


(JOHN PHILLIPS, STAFF WRITER)

馬克和凱薩琳在海邊享受年假。如同往常一樣,他們開心地堆著沙堡,並互相把對方埋在沙子裡。馬克到熱狗攤去買一些熱狗,十分鐘後,他回來告訴凱薩琳一個消息:「我在熱狗攤陷入戀愛中了,她叫費歐娜,是一隻松鼠。」凱薩琳大吃一驚,因為她的朋友中從來沒有人談過戀愛,更別說是愛上一隻松鼠!

馬克決心要贏得費歐娜的好感。他希望讓她看到他強壯又勇敢的一面,所以他就到游泳池去,爬上最高的跳板。當他站上跳板邊緣往下看時,心裡嚇得要命。他隱約看到費歐娜就在下面。他閉起雙眼,躍入水中,濺起很大的水花。他上岸後就跑去找費歐娜,他雀躍地問:「你覺得我剛剛表現得如何?」費歐娜說:「抱歉,我沒看到。我在日光浴躺椅上睡著了。」

馬克很失望,但他仍不死心,他決定用騎水上摩托車贏得美人心。於是他租了一台水上摩托車下水。海上浪很大,但馬克還是秀出他高超的八字形轉彎和迴轉的技巧。一大群人聚集在岸邊欣賞他的水上表演。一小時後,他回到沙灘上去找費歐娜,他說:「妳覺得我剛剛的表現如何?」費歐娜說:「很抱歉,我剛剛去打電話,沒有看到你的表演耶。」

這次,馬克真的感到非常傷心。他坐在岸邊,鼻子垂到水裡,他看著自己的倒影,心裡想著費歐娜,還有剛剛那些不公平的事情。這時,他忽然聽到海裡有人高喊:「救命啊,救命啊…」

(翻譯:袁星塵)

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