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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...

Mark to the rescue 馬克救援任務

It was a sunny day and Mark and Kathleen were spending the afternoon playing chess. Suddenly there was a loud knock at the door. “I wonder who that could be?” Mark said to himself. He opened the door and found himself standing face to face with Mayor Rumkips.

“Somebody has stolen the keys to all the fire hydrants in the city, so there’s no way of putting out fires. Kathleen, I want you to search for the keys. Mark, I want you to use your trunk to put out the fires,” said the mayor. “Certainly, sir. We’re happy to help!” said Kathleen cheerfully. “Great, there’s a fire truck waiting outside. Here’s the key,” said the mayor.

Mark put on his uniform, grabbed an ax and fire extinguisher, then got in the fire truck. He had been driving around for about an hour when the radio crackled to life. “Emergency, emergency! There are reports of a fire at Pizza Palace on the high street. Can anybody attend?” said the operator’s voice. “I’m on my way,” said Mark, as he switched on his siren and sped toward the scene.

The first thing he saw when he arrived on the scene was smoke billowing out of the building. Luigi, the head chef, was trapped on the third floor and was waving from the window. A vendor was selling lemonade to the crowd that had gathered to watch the excitement. Mark immediately knew what to do. He ran to the lemonade stand and sucked up all the lemonade. There was so much it took him almost five minutes to get it all. Then he pointed his trunk at Pizza Palace and began to spray it with lemonade. Before long the fire was out, and Luigi came out, dripping with lemonade. Just then, Kathleen arrived. “Mark! I know who stole the keys to the hydrants. You won’t believe it…”(JOHN PHILLIPS, STAFF WRITER)

FINISH IT 故事接龍

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寫下你的故事結局:

Idea 1: Luigi stole the keys to the fire hydrant. Why did he steal them? How did Kathleen figure out he’d taken them?

想法一: 是路易基偷了消防栓的鑰匙。他為什麼這樣做?凱薩琳是怎麼發現他就是偷鑰匙的人?

Idea 2: Mayor Rumkips stole the keys. Was he trying to get Mark and Kathleen in trouble? Why did he want to do that?

想法二: 朗吉市長是偷走鑰匙的人。他是要找馬克和凱薩琳麻煩嗎?他為什麼要這樣做?

Idea 3: The lemonade vendor stole the keys. Why did he do it? What will happen to him now?

想法三: 偷鑰匙的是賣檸檬汁的小販。他為什麼這樣做?他會有什麼下場?


某個晴朗的下午,馬克和凱薩琳正下著西洋棋。忽然,門外傳來有人用力敲門的聲音,馬克自言自語地說:「不知道是誰?」他打開門後,發現門外站的是朗吉市長。

市長說:「有人把全市消防栓的鑰匙都偷走了,所以我們沒辦法救火。凱薩琳,我要請妳去找這些鑰匙。馬克,我要請你用你的象鼻子幫忙救火。」凱薩琳雀躍地說:「沒問題,市長。我們很樂意幫忙!」市長說:「太好了,外面停了一輛消防車,這是鑰匙。」

馬克穿上消防制服,抓了一把斧頭和滅火器,就跳上消防車。他開著車四處繞了約一小時後,無線電開始劈啪作響,接著就傳來總機人員的聲音說:「緊急狀況,緊急狀況!大街上的『比薩皇宮』傳出火警。有人能趕過去嗎?」馬克說:「我現在就過去。」當下他鳴動警笛,火速趕往現場。

他一到現場就看到建築物竄出濃濃黑煙。受困三樓的主廚路易基向窗外揮手求援。有個小販正好在賣檸檬汁給圍觀看好戲的群眾。馬克立刻知道該怎麼做。他跑向檸檬汁攤位,用鼻子吸光所有的檸檬汁。因為檸檬汁實在太多了,他花了快五分鐘才全部吸完。接著,他把鼻子對準比薩皇宮噴灑檸檬汁。不久後,火勢就撲滅了,全身被檸檬汁淋濕的路易基也逃了出來。就在此時,凱薩琳趕到現場。「馬克!我知道是誰偷走消防栓的鑰匙了,你絕對不會相信的…」(翻譯:袁星塵)

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