"Wake up, Mark!" Kathleen yelled."OK, Mark, last weekend you learned how to swim, so there's no reason to be afraid of the beach. Let's go," Kathleen said, as she pulled him toward the sand.
"Yes, but look at all the sand! It's going to get in all of our stuff," Mark answered.
"This is going to be fun!" Kayleen said. On the beach, Mark found a place to put up their beach umbrella and put down their beach chairs. A crab came out of its hole and looked up at him.
"Hello," it said, waving at Mark with one of its claws.
"Eek!" yelled Mark. "Kathleen, it's trying to pinch me!"
"Don't worry, I never pinch elephants," the crab said. "Welcome to my beach."
"Thanks," said Kathleen, "but we can't stay and talk. We're going to swim out to those rocks."
"Oh, I don't think that's a good idea," said the crab. "There is no lifeguard at this beach."
"Well, we both know how to swim," answered Kathleen as she pulled a very scared-looking Mark toward the water.
"Watch out, there's a strong current!" the crab yelled after them. Mark and Kathleen swam out to the rocks, but when they got there, they were very tired. They rested and then started swimming toward the shore, but the tide had changed and the current had gotten much stronger.
"Help!" Mark yelled, and even Kathleen looked scared.
"Swim toward the side!" the crab yelled from the shore. (Kayleen Hartman, Staff writer)
1. lifeguard n.
救生員 (jiu4 sheng1 yuan2)
It's important for lifeguards to be very good swimmers.
2. current n.
水流 (shui3 liu2)
Sarah loves to float down that river along with the current.
3. shore n.
I don't want to go swimming today. I think I'll just watch you all from the shore.
4. tide n.
潮水 (chao2 shui3)
Those rocks are underwater at high tide.
1. Why did the crab wave its claw at Mark?
a. To try to pinch him.
b. To warn him.
c. To say hello.
2. What DOESN'T this beach have?
b. A lifeguard.
Ans: 1.c 2.b
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