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 adventures, 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 situatuins.
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,朋友都喜歡黏在一起,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...

Michael Kearney  /  STAFF WRITER

Sat, Sep 15, 2007 - Page 13

Flower power

花之力量

Mark and Kathleen were walking through the flower market one day when Kathleen spotted a beautiful plant.

"Look Mark!" she said. "Let's get that plant and put it on our porch. It'll look great."

Mark agreed. When they were purchasing the plant, the storekeeper said, "Would you also like to buy this special Chinese plant food? Sprinkle a bit of this on your plant to make it grow magically fast."

Kathleen paid for the plant food, too. She and Mark walked back to their house, with Mark carrying the plant on his back.

"Let's hang up the plant on the porch," Kathleen told Mark.

"OK. I can use my trunk to wrap it around the gutter," Mark said.

Mark grabbed the plant. Before he lifted it up, Kathleen sprinkled some of the special Chinese plant food on the plant.

"It's ready to go," Kathleen said.

Mark lifted the plant up. As he was wrapping it around the gutter, the plant began to grow - very quickly. Soon it had tangled his trunk up with the gutter.

"Oh no!" Mark shouted. "What should I do? My trunk is stuck, and the plant won't stop growing!" he cried out …

(Michael Kearney, Staff Writer)

某天,馬克和凱薩琳經過花市時,凱薩琳看到一株漂亮的植物。

「馬克,快看!」凱薩琳說:「我們買下這個盆栽放在我們的陽台,一定會很美的。」

馬克同意。他們在結帳的時候,店員問說:「你們要不要也帶這個特殊的漢方肥料呢?只要在你們的盆栽上撒上一點兒,它就會神速地長大唷。」

凱薩琳也付錢買下肥料。馬克將盆栽背在他的背上,和凱薩琳一起走回家。

「我們把盆栽掛在陽台吧,」凱薩琳對馬克說。

「好,我可以用我的象鼻子把它繞在屋簷的排水溝上,」馬克說。

馬克用鼻子捲起盆栽。在他將盆栽舉高前,凱薩琳在上面撒了一些神奇的漢方肥料。

「現在可以掛上去了,」凱薩琳說。

馬克將盆栽舉起來。但就在他要把盆栽掛上時,盆栽瞬間飛也似地長大,很快就纏結在馬克的鼻子和屋簷排水溝上。

「喔,不!」馬克大叫。「我該怎麼辦?我的鼻子被纏住了,而且這盆植物還在長耶!」馬克哭喊... 

(翻譯:袁星塵)