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UNIT 3. WORKBOOK Listening Section |
How Bear Lost His Tail
Back in the old days, Bear had a tail. It was long and black and Bear wagged it. Fox saw this and he decided to play a joke on him. The fox made a hole in the ice right near the place where the bear liked to walk. When the bear was coming by, he saw a lot of fish lying all around the fox. Suddenly the fox took his tail out of the hole in the ice and with it he took out another big fish.
"Hello, Brother," said the fox. "How are you this fine day?" The bear said he was alright and asked if the fox was fishing. "Oh, yes," answered the fox. "Would you like to try?" The bear agreed. So they went to some place up the lake. The fox knew this place very well. The lake there was not deep enough to catch winter fish. But the fox said: "Here you can catch many fish. Place your tail in the hole and wait. You must wait long. When a fish catches your tail, I will shout. Then you must pull as hard as you can to catch your fish. But do not move at all till I tell you." The bear agreed.
He sat down next to the hole, placed his long beautiful black tail in the icy water and turned his back. The fox watched him for a time and then, very quietly, went back to his own house and went to bed. The next morning he woke up and thought of the bear. "I wonder if he is still there," the fox said to himself. "I'll just go and see."
The bear looked like a little white hill in the middle of the ice with his tail in the frozen water. He was fast asleep. The fox began to laugh. Then he decided it was the time to wake up the poor bear. He came very close to him, and then shouted: "Now, bear!!!" The bear woke up and pulled his long tail as hard as he could. And his tail broke off. Whack!: just like that. The bear turned around to look at the fish but instead he saw his long lovely tail caught in the ice. "Ohhh," he cried, "ohhh, fox. I will get you for this." But the fox ran away. The bear was very unhappy. He went back to his cave and did not come out until spring. So it is like that even to this day. Bears have short tails, sleep all winter, and have no love at all for foxes.
The Lincoln Park Zoo began in 1868 with a pair of swans from New York's Central Park, making it the country's oldest zoo. In four years buffalo, prairie dogs, foxes, deer, wolves and more joined the swans — and finally an elephant, a pair of tigers and a lion in 1889, the zoo's first non-North American animals.
In the zoo, there is a new small reptile house which has an ecosystem with the climates of four continents.
Atlanta's zoo began when a man who lived there bought an animal collection from travelling circus and gave it to the City as a present in 1889. Little happened to the zoo for almost 50 years, until another rich man gave his live animal collection to the zoo.
The zoo today is a natural home to many species including 19 lowland gorillas, among them 40-year-old Willie and his growing family. The zoo's territory also has orangutans, giraffes, ostriches, red pandas. They all live happily in the hot climate.
The Columbus zoo has a big collection of North American animals, reptiles, and others. It is best known for its work with gorillas. The first zoo gorilla was born in 1956, and later the first gorilla twins were born in the zoo.
There is also a large piece of coral reef inside a big tank of water. Visitors sometimes sit there for hours and watch fish.
Christmas Eve 1995 was an awful night for the Philadelphia zoo, when a fire ruined a big part of the zoo, killing 23 animals. But the next spring they opened that section to public.
A Sweet Gift
— Guess, mamma, dear, guess what we have for you!
— An apple?
— Something sweeter!
— Something sweeter. Do you give up?
— I give up. I don't know.
— Look at these wonderful pansies and forget-me-nots!
— Oh, how lovely! It's like bringing the garden into the room.
— You see they are so nice and fresh. They will be just right for your window.
— I love pansies. My grandmother grew a lot of them in her garden. I always think of her when I look into their bright little faces.
— Just look at the soft, velvety colours. Pansies are the same family as violets, you know. In fact, I think a pansy is a violet which people have grown more beautiful by cultivation.
— I believe I like forget-me-nots best. They belong to a different family. They are not so big as pansies, but they blossom all summer long, and they look like blue eyes in the grass.
— Do they grow only in gardens?
— Oh, no, indeed; in some places they grow wild, in low, wet places, or on the banks of rivers. But I shall be very happy with these little flowers on my window-sill. Will you put them there for me now?
№ 12 к упражнению 1
A. You can see this flower early in spring. The flowers are yellow and rather large. The plant has long leaves and a sweet pleasant smell. It grows in gardens, in parks, along the roads and alleys. The English say it is the flower for March.
B. The flower for November is the chrysanthemum. It is one of the oldest known flowers. It has grown in Japan for nearly two thousand years and is the emblem of that country. This lovely flower can be white, yellow, red, purple and pink. They grow in English gardens from August to December when most other flowers are ready for the winter.
C. The flower for August is the poppy. Poppies have bright red, orange, purple or yellow flowers. They look like cups. They often grow in gardens, but you can easily find them in hills and mountains. People often wear poppies on their dresses in memory of dead soldiers and war heroes in November.
D. The flower for July is a typical flower of lakes and ponds. You can often see frogs on its large green leaves. Frogs use these leaves as platforms. Some are white, pink, blue or even purple.
E. The snowdrop is the flower for January. It is as white as snow. You can see it in forests and gardens when there is still snow there. The little plant is a native flower of Europe. It has become an endangered flower lately.