【睡前故事】The Leapfrog 跳高者

2019.04.29
【睡前故事】The Leapfrog 跳高者

一直以来,英文睡前故事都被认为是培养亲子感情,帮助孩子入眠的好办法。但最近的研究表明,这项睡前的仪式有着更深远的影响。当你在带孩子进入爱丽丝的梦游仙境,或者带他体会丑小鸭或者卖火柴的小女孩的经历时,你也在帮助他的脑部发育。

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The Leap-Frog/跳高者

A Flea, a Grasshopper, and a leap-frog once wanted to see which could jump highest; and they invited the whole world to watch it.

跳蚤,蚱蜢和跳蛙想比一比谁能跳的最高,因此他们邀请了好多人,来观看这次比试。

The king heard about the competition and said, “I will give my daughter to him who jumps highest.”

国王听说了这个比试,说道:“谁跳的最高,谁就能迎娶我的女儿。”

The Flea was the first to step forward. He had exquisite manners, and bowed to the audience on all sides.

跳蚤第一个出场。他十分有礼貌,向全场的观众鞠躬致意。

Then came the Grasshopper. He was heavier, but he was well-mannered, and wore a green uniform.

然后是蚱蜢,他比跳蚤重。但是他也十分有礼貌,穿着一身绿色的制服。

“I sing so well,” said he, “all the other grasshoppers were jealous of me”.

“我唱歌很好听”他说,“所有其他的蚱蜢都很嫉妒我。”

Both the Flea and the Grasshopper thought they were good enough to marry a Princess.

跳蚤和蚱蜢都认为自己有能力去迎娶公主。

The leap-frog, on the other hand, said nothing.

而跳蛙在旁边,什么话都没说。

Now the trial was to begin. The flea jumped so high that nobody could see where he went to; the grasshopper jumped only half as high; but he leaped into the King’s face.

比试开始,跳蚤高高地挑起,但他跳的太高了,以至于没有人看到。蚱蜢跳的只有跳蚤的一半高,但是他跳到了国王的脸上。

The leap-frog stood still for a long time, lost in thought, when, pop! He made a jump into the lap of the Princess, who was sitting on a little golden stool close by.

跳蛙在原地站了很长时间,陷入了思考中。然后突然,“蹦”跳到了坐在一旁金色凳子上的公主膝盖上。

Here upon the King said, “There is nothing above my daughter; therefore to jump close to her is the highest jump that can be made; the leap-frog understood this. He is brave and smart.”

然后国王说道:“没有什么东西比我女儿更重要(高)的了,因此跳的离她越近,就说明他跳的越高,跳蛙明白了这一点。因此他是勇敢而又聪明的。”

With these words, the king gave the princess to the leap frog.

国王因为这一点,将女儿许配给了跳蛙。

孩子还想再听一个童话故事?

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Question/问题

Who jumps the highest in the competition? The flea, the grasshopper, or the leap frog?/谁在比赛中跳的最高?跳蚤,蚱蜢还是跳蛙?

 

What did the king say when he decided to give his daughter to the leap frog?/国王决定将跳蛙许配给他女儿的时候,他说了什么话?