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  To Pull up the Seedlings to Help Them Grow

  Once upon a time,an old farmer planted a plot of rice.Everyday hewent to the field to watch the seedlings grow.He saw the young shoots break through the soil and grow taller each day.But still,he thought they were growing too slowly.He got impatient with the young plants."How could the plants grow faster?" He tossed in bed during the night and could not sleep.Suddenly he hit upon an idea.He had an idea not wait for daybreak.He jumped out of the bed and dashed to the field.By the moonlight,he began working on the rice seedlings.One by one,he pulled up the young plants by half an inch.When he finished pulling,it was already morning.Straightening his back,he said to himself,"What a wonderful idea!Look,how much taller the plants have grown one night!"With great satisfaction,he went back home.He told his son what he had done in a triumphant tone.His son was shocked.Now the sun had risen.The young man was heart-broken to see all the pulled-up young plants dying.People now use " Ba Miao Zhu Zhang" to describe the behavior of those who are too eager to get something done only to make it worse.The idiom is a bit like the English proverb "Haste makes waste" ------to spoil things by excessive enthusiasm.




  No Wrong Numbers

  Mr James Scott has a garage in Silbury and now he has just bought another garage in Pinhurst.Pinhurst is only five miles from Silbury,but Mr Scott cannot get a telephone for his new garage,so he has just bought twelve pigeons.Yesterday,a pigeon carried the first message from Pinhurst to Silbury .The bird covered the distance in three minutes.Up to now,Mr Scott has sent a great many requests for spare parts and other urgent messages from one garage to the other ,In this way,he has begun his own private "telephone" service.



  BOOKS 书籍

  As is well known, books teach us to learn life, truth, science and many other useful things. They increase our knowledge, broaden our minds and strengthen our character. In other words, they are our good teachers and wise friends. This is the reason why our parents always encourage us to read more books.Reading is a good thing, but we must pay great attention to the choice of books. It is true that we can derive benefits from good books. However, bad books will do us more harm than good.




  Ann’s Diary

  Today was Sunday. Today was September 30th, 2004. It was a boring day. It was hot. I was not a work.I watched TV all morning. The shows were boring. Then I called my friend, Nancy. She wasn’t at home. I didn’t know where she was. At twelve I was hungry. There was not any food in the fridge. I was lazy. I was tired. Then I ate lunch outside. At one o’clock. I was in bed. In the afternoon I was at the movies. The film was boring. I'm glad tomorrow is Monday. I can go to school and see my friends.






  Lan and Fred

  Lan and Fred were boys. They were both twelve years old, and they were in the same class in their school. Last Friday afternoon they had a fight in class, and their teacher was very angry. He said to both of them, “Stay here after the lessons this afternoon, and write your names a thousand times.” After the last lesson, all the other boys went home, but Lan and Fred stayed in the classroom with their teacher and begin writing their names.Then Fred began crying.The teacher looked at him and said,” Why are you crying, Fred?”“Because his name’s Lan May, and mine’s Frederick Hollingsworth,” Fred said.






  “因为他的名字是Lan May, 而我的名字确是Frederick Hollingsworth,”富雷得回答道

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