適合三年級的英語故事：If you want nothing
The crow(烏鴉) was sitting on the tree doing nothing all a day. A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him: “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?” The crow answered: “Sure, why not?” So the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden. A fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story is: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very very high up!
適合三年級的英語故事：Who Deserves Help?
Many years ago, there lived a very rich man who wanted to do something for the people of his town. But first he wanted to find out whether they deserved his help. So he placed a very large stone in the center of the main road into town. Then he hid behind a tree and waited. Soon an old man came along with his cow.
“Who put this stone in the center of the road?” said the old man, but he did not try toremove the stone. Instead, with some difficulty he passed around the stone and continued on his way. Another man came along and did the same thing; then another came, and another. All of them complained about the stone in the center of the road, but not one of them tried to remove it.
Late in the afternoon, a young man came along. He saw the stone and said, “The night will be very dark. Some neighbor will come along later in the dark and will fall against the stone. ”
The young man then began to move the stone. He pushed and pulled with all his strength to move it to one side. But imagine his surprise when under the stone he found a bag full of money and this message: “This money is for the thoughtful person who removes this stone from the road. That person deserves help.”
In the Spring and Autumn Period, a man in the state of Song raised monkeys. The monkeys could understand what he said. As the man became poor, he wanted to reduce the monkeys’ food. He first suggested that he give them three acorns(橡子) in the morning and four acorns in the evening. Thereupon, the monkeys protested angrily. Then their owner said, “How about four in the morning and three in the evening?” The monkeys were satisfied with that.
This idiom originally meant to befool others with tricks. Later it is used to mean to keep changing one’s mind.
A wolf and a jackal(豺，走狗) often went hunting together. Once they came to asheepfold(羊圈) the walls of which were frimly built and too high for them to get over. Then they had an idea: Since the wolf had long forelegs and short hindlegs, while the jackal had short forelegs and long hindlegs, the wolf stood on the necks of the jackal, and the jackal stood up on its hindlegs. In this way the wolf climbed over the wall to where the sheep were.
This idiom is used to describe doing evil things in collusion with others.
In the Warring States Period, a man in the state of Chu was offering a sacrifice(祭品) to his ancestors. After the ceremony, the man gave a beaker of wine to his servants. The servants thought that there was not enought wine for all of them, and decided to each draw a picture of snake; the one who finished the picture first would get the wine. One of them drew very rapidly. Seeing that the others were still busy drawing, he added feet to the snake. At this moment, another man finished, snatched the beaker(燒杯，大口杯) and drank the wine, saying,”A snake doesn’t have feet. How can you add feet to a snake?”
This idiom refers to ruining a venture by doing unnecessary and surplus things.
In the Song Dynasty(960-1279) there was a joker called Sun Shan. One year he went to take the imperial examination, and came bottom of the list of successful candidates. Back in his hometown, one of his neighbours asked him whether the neighbour’s son had also passed. Sun Shan said, with a smile: “Sun Shan was the last on the list, your son came after Sun Shan.” Later, people used this idiom to indicate failing in an examination or competition.
During the late years of the Qi Dynasty(221-206BC), Xiang Yu led a rebellion. After crossing the Zhang River, Xiang Yu ordered his men to sink all their boats and break their cooking pots. He issued each soldier three days’ rations(給養) and warned them that there was no way toretreat; the only thing they could do to survive was to advance and fight. After mine fierce battles, the Qin army was finally defeated.
This idiom is used to indicate one’s firm determination to achieve one’s goal at any cost.