А вот еще одна история из книги на английском языке, которая несомненно понравится любому ребенку. Эту книгу написал в 19 веке шотландский писатель Джордж Макдональд. По легенде в горах Шотландии всегда жили гоблины. Эти тайные обитатели пещер ненавидели людей, которые могли жить на поверхности и радоваться солнечному свету. А главная героиня сказки — очаровательная принцесса, которой грозит опасность. Текст книги относится к уровню intermediate (5-6 класс)
Эта книга входит в сборник для чтения на английском языке в 5 классе. Интересные задания помогут без труда запомнить новые слова, есть упражнения и словарь. Первую главу книги мы выкладываем в открытый доступ, но, конечно, не будем нарушать авторские права. Рекомендуем купить эту очень интересную книгу, но сначала давайте познакомимся с ней и прочитаем первую главу.
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Из цикла «Чтение на английском языке для детей»
George MacDonald. The Princess and the Goblin (adapted for children)
Прежде чем начать чтение, ответь на вопрос: You know that all princesses live in palaces. But our princess does not. Where do you think she lives?
There was once a little princess.The princess’s name was Irene. Her father was a king and his palace was in the mountains. The princess was born in the castle but her mother was weak and her father told her to live in the countryside with the country people. He thought that it is good for a princess to drink fresh milk and to breathe good air. There were a lot of caves at the foot of these mountains.2 People said that gnomes or goblins lived there. They were not ugly but unpleasant both in face and form. As the goblins were not much lovely in their bodies, they had grown in knowledge and cleverness.
The princess was a sweet little girl. I think she was about ten years old. Her face was pretty; her eyes were like two stars of the night sky.
One very wet day when the mountain was covered with fog, the princess, of course, had to stay at home. She got very tired, so tired that even her toys were no longer fun for her. Her nurse did not allow her to go outdoors so she had nothing else to do than to go to bed early. But the nurse could not sit beside her all day long and in a time she left.
At the very moment the princess was up and ran out of her room to a very old staircase. She ran up and up the staircase and then suddenly stopped. There were doors and only doors around her. At one of the doors a very old lady sat spinning3.
The lady’s hair as white as snow was combed back from her forehead.4 Her eyes looked wise.
‘Come in, my dear, come in. I am glad to see you,’ said the old lady.
‘Do you know my name, child?’
‘No, I don’t know it,’ answered the princess.
‘My name is Irene,’ she heard.
‘But that’s my name!’ cried the princess.
‘I know that. You got your name after me. Your papa the king chose this name for you. I’m your great-great-grandmother,’ said the lady.
She stopped spinning. It was too late for little Irene to stay there.] So the old lady took the princess by the hand and opened the door] opposite the stair.
The old lady was spinning something unusual.
2 There were a lot of caves at the foot of these mountains. — У подножия гор было много пещер.
3 to spin — прясть
4 The lady’s hair as white as snow was combed back from her orehead. — Волосы женщины, белые как снег, были зачёсаны назад, открывая лоб.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT
- Find out more about. Разузнай больше об этом!
- Show what you know. Покажи, что ты знаешь.
- Don’t be shy, try! Не стесняйся, попробуй!
1. Describe the little sweet princess. Think of adjectives of your own to describe her face and eyes.
2. Show what you know. Put events in the correct order.
___ The princess’s name was Irene.
___ She lived in a large castle.
___ There was once a little princess.
___ One day she got very tired.
___It was Irene’s great-great-grandmother.
___She ran somewhere and saw doors and doors about her.
___Her toys could not longer amuse her.
___Here she saw a very old lady who sat spinning.
___In a corner she saw a stair
3. Match the words.