少儿英语故事:称象 Weighing the Elephant
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曹冲称象的故事家喻户晓,下面的故事就是这个故事简化的英文版,大家可以一起了解下。

A long time ago, people who lived in China knew that a strange, amazing beast called an elephant lived in a faraway land, but no one had ever seen one.  One day, a ruler came to see the Emperor of China.  He brought a gift, and that gift was a real, live elephant!
 
Never in China had anyone seen anything like it.  As soon as the royal guest left, it was all anyone at court could talk about.  
 
“This elephant is bigger than a water 1!” said one 2.
 
“Are you kidding?” said a second.  “It’s bigger than a 3!”
 
“You must be joking,” said a third. “This elephant is bigger than TWO 4!”
 
One day the Emperor said to his mandarins, “I want to know how much this amazing elephant weighs. Who can tell me how to weigh it?”
 
“I can!” said the first mandarin, who used to be a merchant.  “We will just put it on a 5.”
 
“Not likely,” said the Emperor.  “There is no scale that could hold the weight of an elephant without breaking.”
 
“I can tell you!” said the second mandarin, who used to be a tailor.  He said, “We will measure the elephant.”
 
“No,” said the Emperor with a sigh.  “Even if you measured all the different parts of an elephant, you would still not know how much it weighs.”
 
“I can tell you!” said the third mandarin, who used to be a 6.  “We will cut up the elephant and cook it.  Then we will know.”
 
“We will 7 NOT do that!” 8 the Emperor. “Is there NO ONE who can tell me how to weigh the elephant?”
 
Then a small voice said, “I can.”
 
All eyes turned to the voice.  It was the Emperor’s son!
 
“Son!” said the Emperor. “You should be in bed.”
 
“But I know how,” said the boy.  “And we won’t need to cook it first.”
“Very well,” said the Emperor with a smile.  “Tell me how to weigh the elephant.”
 
The boy described what to do. 
 
Here is what the boy said.  “You put the elephant in a big boat and take the boat out on the water.  Draw a line on the side of the boat where it meets the water, at the watermark.  Then bring the boat back to shore and take the elephant off the boat.  Put rocks on the boat, one by one.  When the boat sinks to the same watermark line it had when the elephant was in it, bring the boat to shore again. Take out the rocks and weigh them, one by one. That is how you can tell how much the elephant weighs!"
 
"Wonderful! Wonderful!" shouted everyone.
 
“It will work!” called out the first mandarin.  
 
“What a clever plan!” said the second.  
 
“Who knew this child would know?” said the third.  
 
And the fame of Emperor's son traveled far and wide.


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1 1Sby4     
n.(北美)野牛;(亚洲)水牛
参考例句:
  • Asian buffalo isn't as wild as that of America's. 亚洲水牛比美洲水牛温顺些。
  • The boots are made of buffalo hide. 这双靴子是由水牛皮制成的。
2 TorzdX     
n.中国官话,国语,满清官吏;adj.华丽辞藻的
参考例句:
  • Just over one billion people speak Mandarin as their native tongue.大约有十亿以上的人口以华语为母语。
  • Mandarin will be the new official language of the European Union.普通话会变成欧盟新的官方语言。
3 xjmztD     
n.犀牛,钱, 现金
参考例句:
  • The rhino charged headlong towards us.犀牛急速地向我们冲来。
  • They have driven the rhino to the edge of extinction.他们已经令犀牛濒临灭绝。
4 195f9b9fd8128a29dac773077994698f     
n.犀牛(rhino的复数形式)
参考例句:
  • There are many reports of people taming and even training Indian rhinos. 有许多关于人们驯养甚至训练印度犀牛的记载。 来自辞典例句
  • The rhinos had fed during the night in the rice fields of these villagers. 犀牛夜里在这些村民的庄稼地里也已吃饱了。 来自辞典例句
5 VTvzu     
n.比例;程度;范围
参考例句:
  • The scale of this map is an inch to a mile.这张地图的比例尺是一英寸代表一英里。
  • He's in business on a small scale.他做的是小本生意。
6 wyTz62     
n.面包师
参考例句:
  • The baker bakes his bread in the bakery.面包师在面包房内烤面包。
  • The baker frosted the cake with a mixture of sugar and whites of eggs.面包师在蛋糕上撒了一层白糖和蛋清的混合料。
7 yrRwj     
adv.确实地,无疑地;必定地,一定地
参考例句:
  • It'should surely be possible for them to reach an agreement.想必他们可以达成协议。
  • Surely we'll profit from your work.我们肯定会从你的工作中得到益处。
8 3d44d5dc1458bf613413fd4d32d75446     
v.咆哮( roar的过去式和过去分词 );大笑;大哭;熊熊燃烧
参考例句:
  • A log fire roared in the open hearth. 柴火在敞开着的壁炉里熊熊燃烧。
  • Vroom! A sports car roared past. 呜的一声,一辆跑车疾驶而过。
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