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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.


Crazy culinary capers 廚房瘋狂大混戰

“I still can’t believe you brought me here,” said Kathleen, as she admired the view from the fortieth floor of Restaurant de Posh, the most expensive restaurant in the city. “Don’t mention it. It’s the least you deserve for putting up with me,” said Mark with a smile, as the waiter arrived with the bill. Although it was expensive, he could afford it. He reached into his pocket for his wallet, then realized he’d left it at home. “I’m terribly sorry. I seem to have forgotten my wallet,” he said. But before he could finish his sentence the manager had appeared.

The manager stared at Mark and Kathleen with anger in his eyes. “Usually we make people like you wash the dishes, but we’ve just bought a new dishwasher. Unfortunately my chef has called in sick so you two will have to go in the kitchen and prepare the food!” yelled the manager. He picked up two aprons and chef hats and threw them at Mark and Kathleen. “Put these on and get a move on. There are hungry customers to serve!” he snapped.

In the kitchen, Mark was terrified. “I don’t even know how to boil an egg. How can I prepare this food?” he said. But Kathleen stayed calm. “I read a book on cookery once. It’s simple. Just do what I say,” she said, as she picked up a knife and began chopping the vegetables. Kathleen barked out orders like a sergeant major, and before long Mark was kneading dough, sharpening knives and flipping pancakes. Within a few hours he had made starters, main courses and desserts for hundreds of people. “I don’t know what I would have done without you,” he said, tasting his soup.

Just as he was taking off his apron, the manager walked in looking as angry as ever. “Hey, elephant! Sit back down. I’ve got some news for you…”(JOHN PHILLIPS, STAFF WRITER)


1. afford v.t.

負擔得起 (fu4 dan1 de5 qi3)

例: I can’t even afford an MP3 player.


2. prepare v.i./v.t.

準備 (zhun3 bei4)

例: The teacher was furious when he found out that nobody had prepared for the science fair.


3. calm adj.

冷靜的 (leng3 jing4 de5)

: Louise always manages to stay calm in a crisis.


4. within prep.

在...範圍內 (zai4...fan4 wei2 nei4),

不超過 (bu4 chao1 guo4)

例: The exam must be finished within three hours. (考試必須在三小時內完成。)





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