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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...

Science fair scramble 一團亂的科學展

The annual science fair was approaching and Mark and Kathleen still had no idea what project to do. “We could try making a pinhole camera,” suggested Mark. “No, we did that two years ago. We need to think of something better than that,” said Kathleen. They sat and thought, but every suggestion was either too boring or somebody had already done it. Then Kathleen jumped up, and said, “I know exactly what to do! This will be the most unbelievable science fair project ever!”

She sprinted off to the school science lab so fast that Mark struggled to keep up with her. By the time he got there, she had already got the beakers and flasks out of the cupboard. Mark watched in amazement as she connected the beakers and flasks with tubes, then added colorful compounds. She pulled out a burner and lit it under one of the beakers.

By now Mark was getting nervous. “I hope you know what you’re doing. That looks dangerous to me,” he said. But Kathleen didn’t think so. “Relax. Everything’s under control,” she said. The liquid in the beakers began to bubble and change color, and a strange smell filled the room. “We’re almost finished. I just need one more ingredient,” said Kathleen as she reached over and plucked a hair from Mark’s eyebrow. She dropped the hair into the bubbling beaker. Suddenly there was a huge flash, a mighty bang and cloud of smoke erupted from the beaker. When the dust settled, Mark couldn’t believe what he saw. “Oh no, Kathleen. You’ve really done it this time…”

(JOHN PHILLIPS, STAFF WRITER)

一年一度的科學展就要到了,但馬克和凱薩琳還沒有想到要做什麼主題。馬克提議說:「我們可以試試做一台針孔相機啊。」凱薩琳說:「不,我們兩年前就做過那個了。我們得想個更好的東西。」他們坐著思忖,但他們想到的主題不是太無聊就是別人已經做過了。然後,凱薩琳跳起來說:「我知道要做什麼了!這一定會是科展史上最勁爆的主題!」

FINISH IT 故事接龍

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Idea 1: Kathleen has created a replica of Mark! What does Mark think of that? What does the replica think of Mark?

想法一: 凱薩琳複製了一個馬克!馬克對這個複製馬克有何看法?複製馬克又是怎麼看待馬克?

Idea 2: Mark and Kathleen have switched bodies! Does Mark like being a mouse? Does Kathleen like being an elephant? Do they change back?

想法二: 馬克和凱薩琳交換了身體!馬克喜歡當一隻老鼠嗎?凱薩琳喜歡當一頭大象嗎?他們會交換回來嗎?

Idea 3: Kathleen has destroyed the school chemistry lab! What do the teachers think of that? What happens to Mark and Kathleen?

想法三: 凱薩琳毀了學校的化學實驗室!老師們怎麼想?馬克和凱薩琳後來怎麼了?


她全速衝往學校的科學實驗室,速度快到馬克都追不上。等馬克趕到時,她已經從櫃子裡拿出燒杯和燒瓶。馬克詫異地看著她用管子連接燒杯和燒瓶,然後加入顏色鮮艷的混合物。她拿出一個酒精燈,在燒杯下點燃。

現在,馬克開始緊張了。他說:「我希望妳知道自己在做什麼。我覺得那看起來很危險。」但凱薩琳不這麼認為,她說:「放輕鬆,一切都在控制之內。」燒杯裡的液體開始冒泡、變色,接著一股奇怪的氣味充滿整個房間。「我們差不多完成了,我只差一個原料了。」凱薩琳邊說邊伸手拔了馬克一根眉毛。她把這根眉毛丟進冒泡的燒杯中。忽然,燒杯中傳出一道強大的閃光,砰地一聲巨響,又噴出一團煙霧。等一切都平息下來,馬克不敢相信眼前的景象,他說:「噢,不,凱薩琳。妳這次真的成功了...」(翻譯:袁星塵)

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