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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...

Adventure on the slope 滑雪驚魂

“This is amazing!” said Kathleen as she set eyes on the snow-capped mountains for the first time. She had never been skiing before and couldn’t conceal her excitement. “What should we do first, Mark? Skiing, the luge, snowboarding or ski jumping?” Mark thought about the question for a couple of seconds, then said, “I think I’ll just stay in the cabin and read.” But Kathleen, who had heard his excuses before, replied, “How can you go to Switzerland and not ski? Hurry up and get your skis on before it gets late!”

Within minutes they were sitting in the ski lift traveling up to the top of the slope. They were both wearing thick clothes, gloves, ski goggles, and of course skis. As the ski lift took them higher, the village below seemed to get smaller until they could barely see it. “This will be awesome!” said Kathleen as she watched other skiers whiz down the mountain.

Finally it was Kathleen’s turn to ski. She pushed herself off and accelerated down the slope, weaving through the gates as she went. Seconds later, Mark followed her down, and soon caught her. “This is pretty easy!” shouted Mark. But they hadn’t got far when they collided and ended up buried in the snow. Kathleen tried to move, but she couldn’t. Mark couldn’t move either.

“You have to call for help,” said Kathleen. So Mark summoned up a tremendous roar which echoed around the valley. When the echo stopped, there was silence in the valley. Then they heard a low noise reverberate far away. “What was that sound Kathleen? I hope everything is ok…”

(JOHN PHILLIPS, STAFF WRITER)

這太驚人了!」凱薩琳說,這是她第一次看到被白雪覆蓋的群山,從未滑雪的她難掩興奮之情。「我們該先做什麼?滑雪?坐雪橇?玩雪板?還是跳台滑雪?」馬克想了幾秒鐘後說:「我想我留在小屋裡看書。」但早就聽慣他藉口的凱薩琳說:「都來到瑞士了,怎麼可以不去滑雪呢?快點穿上滑雪屐,不然天都要黑了!」

FINISH IT 故事接龍

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寫下你的故事結局:

Idea 1: Mark has started an avalanche! How long do they stay buried in the snow? Who helps them out?

想法一: 馬克引發雪崩了!他們會繼續被埋在雪中多久?誰會救他們出來?

Idea 2: They get rescued by other skiers! How do they thank the skiers? Do they go skiing again?

想法二: 他們被其他滑雪者救起!他們會怎麼答謝救命恩人?他們還會再滑雪嗎?

Idea 3: They manage to dig themselves out of the hole just before the avalanche hits. Are they both ok? Does Kathleen still want to do more skiing?

想法三: 他們趕在雪崩到達前讓自己從被埋的雪堆中脫身。他們都平安嗎?凱薩琳還想繼續滑雪嗎?


不到幾分鐘,他們就搭著滑雪纜車往坡頂前進了。他們倆都穿著厚重的衣服,戴著手套、滑雪護目鏡,當然還踩著滑雪屐。他們搭的纜車愈爬愈高,下面的村莊感覺愈來愈小,小到幾乎要看不見了。凱薩琳看著其他飛快滑下山的滑雪者說:「感覺一定很棒!」

終於輪到凱薩琳滑雪了。她向前一滑,然後加速下坡,一路迂迴穿行旗門。幾秒後,馬克也尾隨出發,而且不久後就趕上她了。馬克大喊:「這很簡單嘛!」不過沒過多久,他們兩個就撞在一起,被埋在雪地裡。凱薩琳想移動身體卻動不了,馬克也一樣。

凱薩琳說:「你得發出求救。」於是馬克鼓足全力發出一聲巨吼,回聲在山谷間迴盪。回聲停止後,山谷一片寂靜。然後他們聽到遠處傳來一陣低沉的聲響。「那是什麼聲音啊,凱薩琳?我希望一切都不會有事…」(翻譯:袁星塵)

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