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          1. 少兒英語故事:鷺和螃蟹
            文章來源:未知 文章作者:enread 發布時間:2020-03-11 07:57 字體: [ ]  進入論壇
            There lived a heron by a big lake. He used to catch fish and eat them. But he had become old and could not catch fish like before. He went without food for many days together. 
            “I have to think of a plan. Otherwise I won't live for long," thought the heron. Soon he came out with a clever plan. The heron sat at the water’s edge looking depressed1 and thoughtful2. In the same lake lived a crab3 who was friendly and thoughtful. As he went past, he noticed how the heron looked and asked him, “Why are you looking depressed my friend?" 
            “What can I say," said the heron in a sad voice. “Something terrible is going to happen." 
            “What is that?" asked the crab anxiously. 
            “When I was on my way here this morning, I heard an astrologer say that there will be no rains in these parts for the next twelve years. The lake will dry up and we will all die. I am quite old. It does not matter if I die. But you all are so young. There is so much for you to see and enjoy," said the heron. 
            The crab went to the fishes in the lake and told them what the heron had told him. They were all filled with fear. “O no! What do we do? We will all die." they cried. 
            “There is a very big lake some distance from here. I can take you all there one by one." offered the heron. All the fishes were comforted and they agreed to be carried to the bigger lake one by one. 
            Every day, the heron would fly the fishes one by one. He would hold one gingerly between his long beak4 and fly away. But instead of taking them to any lake, he would land on a rock some distance away and eat them. Then he would rest till evening and return to the lake. 
            After some days, the crab went up to the heron. “You have been taking the fishes to the other lake. When will you take me?" he asked. 
            The heron thought to himself, “I am tired of eating fish. Crab meat should be a pleasant change." 
            The heron agreed to take the crab to the other lake. 
            But the crab was too large for the heron to carry in his beak. So the crab climbed on to the heron’s back and they started the journey. After a while, the crab grew impatient5.
            “How far is the lake?" he asked the heron. 
            “You fool," laughed the heron. “I am not taking you to any lake. I am going to dash you against those rocks and eat you like I ate all those fishes." 
            “I am not a fool to allow you to kill me," said the crab. 
            He held the heron’s neck in his powerful claws and strangled the wicked6 heron to death. 


            1 depressed xu8zp9     
            • When he was depressed,he felt utterly divorced from reality.他心情沮喪時就感到完全脫離了現實。
            • His mother was depressed by the sad news.這個壞消息使他的母親意志消沉。
            2 thoughtful Wo4wg     
            • She is thoughtful for her friends.她很體貼她的朋友們。
            • This is a thoughtful essay.這是一篇具有思想性的隨筆。
            3 crab xoozE     
            • I can't remember when I last had crab.我不記得上次吃蟹是什么時候了。
            • The skin on my face felt as hard as a crab's back.我臉上的皮仿佛僵硬了,就象螃蟹的殼似的。
            4 beak 8y1zGA     
            • The bird had a worm in its beak.鳥兒嘴里叼著一條蟲。
            • This bird employs its beak as a weapon.這種鳥用嘴作武器。
            5 impatient bafxD     
            • He was so impatient that I could hardly hold him back.他是那樣急躁,我簡直拉不住他。
            • With an impatient gesture he thrust the food away from him.他不耐煩地把吃的東西猛地推開。
            6 wicked WMmz9     
            • Let everyone know all the wicked things she has done.把她干的壞事給大家抖摟抖摟。
            • The wicked must be wiped out.惡人必須除掉。