CDC-TV presents: The Eagle Book Series
Rain clouds were starting to roll in over the village. Rain That Dances looked at the sky as he ran to the center of the village. He was meeting his friends Thunder Cloud, Simon, and Little Hummingbird. Simon had just moved in to a home not far from the village. Little Hummingbird lived just across the river.
Rain: It may rain today. We may not have much time to meet the great bird.
Then Rain That Dances saw his friends.
Rain: Hi. We'd better hurry before the rain starts.
Hummingbird: I cannot wait to meet Mr. Eagle.
Thunder: Me too.
When they got closer to the tree stump, they could see Mr. Eagle. They could also see a rabbit with him.
Rain: We are here.
The great bird flapped his wings with joy. The rabbit hopped around the tree stump.
Mr. Eagle: We are happy to see all of you. Today, Miss Rabbit will tell you many things you can do to stay strong and healthy.
The children quickly sat around the tree stump. They listened as Miss Rabbit began to talk.
Rabbit: Have you ever heard your grandparents speak about Mother Earth?
Little Hummingbird raised her hand like she did in school.
Hummingbird: My grandmother has told me many times that I need to take care of Mother Earth.
Rabbit: Your grandmother is a very wise woman. You have to take care of Mother Earth because she gives us many gifts.
The children looked at the rabbit and then at each other. Simon raised his hand.
Simon: What do you mean by "gifts"?
Thunder: Yeah! What gifts?
Rabbit: Mr. Eagle tells you how you need to play and have fun and keep your body moving. You would not be able to do that if you did not have Mother Earth to walk upon. That is a gift. Walking and running on Mother Earth helps keep your spirit strong.
Then the rabbit hopped over to a flower that was growing by the children.
Rabbit: You see this flower? This flower is a gift from Mother Earth. She grows flowers of many colors for you to enjoy. What else does she give you?
The children looked around and saw the trees and the grass.
Rain: I guess she gives us things that grow.
Rabbit:You are right, Rain That Dances. She also gives us food to eat and water that helps the food to grow. I want to tell you about these foods now. What do you think I eat?
Rain: I know -- you eat grass.
Thunder: You eat carrots -- I have seen you in my grandmother's garden, eating the carrots.
Hummingbird: I have seen you in the garden, too.
At that, Miss Rabbit laughed.
Rabbit: I guess I have eaten from many gardens in the village. I eat from the gardens because I want to stay healthy. I also like what grows in the gardens.
Thunder: I will not eat things from the garden. Those are for rabbits!
Miss Rabbit hopped around and then she stopped. The fruits and vegetables that grow in the garden are food for you to eat, too. They are very good for all of us. Let's think of what is in the garden. What is growing there?
Simon: Green beans.
Thunder: And watermelons!
Rabbit: You are right. I have eaten many of these. And what else have you seen growing?
Hummingbird: We have apple trees in our yard.
Rabbit: Mother Earth grows the fruits and vegetables for us to eat. Have you eaten many of these fruits and vegetables?
Hummingbird: I have.
Simon: Me too, especially the strawberries.
Rain: I like to eat corn.
Thunder Cloud did not say a word. Miss Rabbit and Mr. Eagle looked at him. He had his head down.
Mr. Eagle: You do not eat any of these things?
Thunder: I eat some fruits, but I do not like vegetables. And I do not eat vegetables that grow in the garden. My mom gets vegetables from the store.
Miss Rabbit hopped over to Thunder Cloud.
Thunder: Why are we talking about fruits and vegetables, anyway?
Rabbit: Because it is important that growing children eat enough fruits and vegetables every day to grow strong. You told us that you do not like vegetables. Have you ever tasted vegetables?
Thunder: No, I don't think they taste good. I just like the other food my mom makes.
Rabbit: You will never know how they taste unless you taste them to find out. Can I ask you to take one bite of a vegetable to taste it?
Thunder: Ugh. Okay. I will try. I want to be healthy like my friends.
Rabbit: Pick out vegetables of different colors and try one at a time. You may find some that you like. After all, different colors have different tastes. Does corn taste like carrots?
Rabbit: Eating all kinds of fruits and vegetables is good for all of us.
Rain: But how can we eat that many fruits and vegetables every day?
Simon：Yeah, how can we do that?
Thunder: Yeah, how?
Rabbit: You can eat fruits at breakfast and fruit and vegetables at lunchtime. You can have a fruit or a vegetable for a snack and you can have them for supper. Think of making your plate full of color. It will get easy when you do it for a while. Every time you eat can be a time to eat a fruit or vegetable.
Rain: You are right. I like to eat all the time. For a snack, I can eat some strawberries instead of a cookie.
Simon: I can eat sliced cucumbers instead of potato chips.
Hummingbird: I can eat grapes or a plum instead of candy.
Thunder Cloud stayed sitting down and did not say a word. Mr. Eagle, Miss Rabbit, and the children looked at him, and Rain That Dances asked him --
Rain: What can you do to eat a vegetable, Thunder Cloud?
Thunder Cloud stood up slowly. He kicked the dirt and smiled.
Thunder：I guess I could try to eat some carrot sticks.
Children: Yeah, we can do it!
Mr. Eagle: Yes, you can. Now, you better start for home before the rain begins to fall. Come back tomorrow. I will tell you more ways to stay healthy and strong.
Rain: Goodbye, and thank you, Mr. Eagle and Miss Rabbit. We will be here tomorrow.
Children: Goodbye. Thank you, Miss Rabbit.
Hummingbird: See you tomorrow.
Mr. Eagle: Join us as we learn more about being healthy and strong in “Tricky Treats.”
這是The Eagle Book Series之三 A Plate Full of Color
Eating all kinds of fruits and vegetables is good for all of us.
本句的主詞是動名詞eating並不是kinds或fruits and vegetables；動名詞是不可數名詞(p.152)，故現在是be動詞要用is
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