Materiały przygotowawcze

SP. _Kl. IV






‘I don’t want to go there and talk to Emily,’ says a boy with short blond hair and blue eyes. His name is Tim and he is ten years old.

‘Why?’ asks Tim’s dad.

‘Because she is boring,’ says Tim. ‘She doesn’t like swimming or playing football. She only likes reading very much. And I hate reading.’

Today Tim’s mum and dad are going to their friends’ party. They want Tim to go with them and to be nice to Emily – their friends’ daughter.

‘I think that Emily isn’t boring,’ says Mum. ‘And she’s got … a secret.’

‘A secret? What secret?’ asks Tim.

‘Come with us and see.’

The boy gets interested. ‘OK, it’s a deal. I’m going,’ he says.

So, in the evening, Tim and his parents go to the party.

A slim girl in a pretty blue dress opens the door. She has long dark hair and green eyes. It’s Emily.

‘Good evening,’ she says. ‘Come in, please.’

‘Hey,’ says Tim. ‘Good evening,’ say his mum and dad.

Emily leads the parents to a big living room. There are Emily’s parents and some guests there.

Then, the girl leads Tim to her room. It is a nice room with pink walls. But there aren’t any books there.

They sit down and Emily smiles at the boy. He doesn’t know what to say.

‘Err … I like swimming and playing football,’ says Tim. ‘And I like animals. I love dolphins.’

‘I love animals, too,’ says Emily. ‘But I don’t swim or play any ball games because I have asthma.’

‘Oh dear!’

The girl smiles at Tim and says, ‘But I can be in Africa or in the Bahamas. I can swim underwater and see dolphins, and I can sail …’

‘Wow! But how?’

‘Come with me and see,’ says Emily. She opens the door of her room and leads Tim to narrow stairs.

‘There’s my secret place over there,’ she says, and they go up the stairs to the attic.

‘Is there a rocket in the attic?’ asks Tim.

‘Ha! Ha!’ Emily laughs.

They come to the attic and Tim looks around. ‘Wow! How beautiful!’ he exclaims.

There is a soft blue carpet on the floor and a small table. There are also two armchairs, a lot of colourful lamps, flowers and lots of shelves with books.

Emily takes one book and opens it. There is a fantastic picture. In the picture, there is the sea and a girl with a dolphin underwater.

‘The girl’s name is Maisie King,’ says Emily. ‘She lives in the Bahamas. Maisie is thirteen years old and likes pop music, reading and swimming. One day she helps a dolphin and the dolphin leads her to …’ Emily stops here.

‘Where does the dolphin lead Maisie?’ asks Tim.

Emily smiles and asks, ‘Do you want me to read the story to you?’

‘Sure. Err … Yes, please.’

They sit down in the armchairs and Emily starts to read.


 (…) Maisie’s mother and father are doctors. They work at the Freeport Animal Hospital. The hospital is next to their home – a blue house by the sea. It is very old, but it is beautiful, and Maisie loves it. Her grandfather loves it, too. He lives with the family.

On Saturdays Maisie and her grandfather often go out in his boat – the Warm Wind. Maisie likes to swim underwater and look at all the beautiful fish.

One day she sees something – it is a piece of wood. There are some letters on it: “M…N…A”
“What can that be?” Maisie thinks. “I know! I can ask Grandad.”

She swims back to the Warm Wind. “Grandad! There’s a big piece of wo…”

But her grandfather is not listening. He is watching a big, expensive American boat and a dolphin.

“Oh no,” he says. “That boat’s going too fast. The driver can’t see the dolphin. Hey! Stop!!” But it is too late. The boat hits the dolphin and drives away.

Maisie is very angry. She and her grandfather take the dolphin back to Freeport. Her mother is in the garden. She says, “What have you got there? A dolphin?!”

Maisie says, “Yes. Can you and Dad help him?” Then she sees the big American boat. “Why is that here?” she asks.

Her mother says, “There’s an American in the house with Dad – Carl Flint. I think it’s his boat.”

Maisie runs into the house. She can hear the father. He is saying, “You want to give me $200,000 for the hospital and this house?!” Carl Flint says, “Yes. I want to build a big hotel here.” Maisie’s father thinks for a moment. “Well, the hospital isn’t doing very well, but … I need a little time.” Carl Flint says to him, “OK – you’ve got four weeks.”

 That night Maisie looks out of her bedroom window. She can see the dolphin in a big pool next to the hospital. She thinks, “He needs a name. I know! Ben!!” Then she looks at the moon. She says “Carl Flint can’t buy this house. It’s our home!” She feels very sad. (…)

 The next day Maisie goes to see Ben after school. She asks her mother, “How is he?”

Mrs King looks at the long red line on the dolphin’s head. “He isn’t eating,” she says. There are a lot of fish in the bucket next to the pool. Maisie takes one out and says, “This is for you, Ben.” The dolphin eats the fish. Maisie’s mother is very happy. She says, “That’s good! He likes you.”

Three weeks later Ben is strong and well again. He and Maisie are friends. She plays games and swims with him every day. One evening Mrs King says, “Oh John, I don’t want to make Maisie unhappy, but…” John King looks at her. “I know,” he says, “Ben’s well now. His home’s back in the sea.” Maisie’s grandfather says, “It’s OK – let me talk to her.” Later Maisie and her grandfather watch the sun go down. “Tomorrow?” Maisie’s eyes are very sad. “But Grandad, Ben’s my friend. Can’t I…?” “I’m sorry, Maisie,” her grandfather says. “But your dolphin’s well again. It’s time for him to go home.” “I’m losing everything,” Maisie thinks, “… first my home, now Ben.” The next day Maisie and her grandfather take Ben out to sea. At half-past ten Grandad stops the Warm Wind. At the side of the boat Maisie puts one hand on the dolphin’s head.

“Goodbye,” she says. “Please don’t forget me.” Then she cuts two thick ropes and Ben swims away. “OK?” Grandad asks. For a moment Maisie cannot speak. Then she answers, “Yes, OK.” They start to go home. Maisie is very sad and does not say anything. Then, two minutes later she stands up. “Stop! Grandad, stop the boat!!” She can see a dolphin beside them in the water. It is Ben and he has got something in his mouth. “What’s he got there?” Grandad asks. Maisie says, “I can’t see. It’s not very big. Is it an old key?” Grandad stops the Warm Wind. Now Ben is jumping out of the water. “Why’s he doing that?” Grandad asks. Maisie says, “I think he wants me to follow him. Please – can I?” The old man looks at her. (…) “OK – but only for five minutes.” “Oh Grandad – thank you!” says Maisie. Five minutes later she jumps over the side of the Warm Wind. Under the water Maisie sees a piece of wood with the letters “M… N… A” on it. “I remember this!” she thinks. But Ben does not stop there. He swims between two big stones. Then they come to a box. It has the word “MONTOYA” on the top. Maisie takes the key from Ben’s mouth and opens the box. There are lots of gold coins in it. Thousands of them!! The next morning Maisie’s name is in the newspaper. The story says “FREEPORT GIRL FINDS SPANISH GOLD”. Mr King telephones Carl Flint in New York.

“Ah, hello,” says Carl Flint. “Do you have an answer for me?” (…)

“We don’t want to sell the house or the hospital,” says Maisie’s father. “Goodbye, Mr Flint.”

With the money from the Montoya coins, Maisie’s mother and father build a new hospital. They are very happy. Maisie is happy, too. “Oh Grandad,” she says one evening in the garden, “now we can always live here because of…” At that moment Ben jumps out of the sea. “…BEN!!” The old man and the girl laugh. Then the sun goes down and they walk back to the house.

‘That’s the end of the story,’ says Emily.

‘Fantastic!’ says Tim. ‘Can I come tomorrow and listen to another story?’


Later, Tim talks to his parents at home. ‘I can be in the Bahamas or in Africa,’ he says happily. ‘I can swim underwater and see dolphins. And our world disappears for a moment.’

‘So you know the secret now,’ says Mum happily.

∞ The end ∞

[Materiał własny; zawiera fragmenty ‘Maisie and the Dolphin’, Stephen Rabley; wyd. Pearson Education Limited (rozróżnione czcionką Calibri)].


Zauważ, że często, kiedy mówimy o jednej osobie np. o Emily lub Timie z osobna (3 os. l.poj.), wówczas przy nazwie czynności pojawia się końcówka –s (lub –es)

np.: ask – pytać; Tim asks  – Tim pyta           say – mówić; she says  – ona mówi

I don’t want to (go) – nie chcę (iść)

boring – nudna, nudny

she doesn’t like (swimming) – ona nie lubi (pływać)

they want Tim to … – oni chcą, żeby Tim …

their – ich

friends’ party – przyjęcie przyjaciół

daughter – córka

get interested – zainteresować się

deal – zgoda, umowa stoi

slim – szczupła, szczupły

lead – prowadzić

guest – gość

there aren’t any – nie ma żadnych

asthma – astma (choroba przewlekła)

underwater – pod wodą

narrow – wąskie

there’s (= there is) – jest, znajduje się

there are – są, znajdują się

over there – tam

attic – strych, poddasze

exclaim – wykrzyknąć

a lot of – dużo

shelves – półki (shelf – półka)

do you want me to …? – czy chcesz żebym …?

hospital – szpital

boat – łódź

a piece of wood – kawałek drewna

letter – litera

expensive – droga, drogi

too fast – zbyt szybko

hit – uderzyć, potrącić

drive away – odjechać (tutaj: odpłynąć)

take – wziąć, zabrać

hear – słyszeć

isn’t doing very well – nie radzi sobie za dobrze

need – potrzebować

look out of – wyglądać przez

pool – basen, sadzawka

moon – księżyc

bucket – wiadro

Ben’s well – Ben jest zdrowy           

lose – tracić

forget – zapomnieć

cut – ciąć

rope – lina

something – coś

key – klucz

jump out of – wyskoczyć z

follow him – podążać za nim

remember – pamiętać

stone – kamień

box – pudełko

lots of – mnóstwo

coin – moneta

newspaper – gazeta

find – znaleźć

sell – sprzedać

build – budować

another – kolejna, kolejny

disappear – znikać


1. Books are lighthouses in the great sea of time – Książki są latarniami morskimi na wielkim morzu czasu.
Edwin Percy Whipple

2. A home without books is like a beach without sunshine – Dom bez książek jest jak plaża bez słońca
Jose Marti

3. There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island – Jest więcej skarbów w książkach niż we wszystkich pirackich łupach na Wyspie Skarbów.
Walt Disney

4. Reading is to the brain what water is to plants – Czytanie jest dla mózgu tym, czym woda jest dla roślin.
Seema Jadeja

5. If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way – Jeśli nie możesz robić wielkich rzeczy, rób małe rzeczy w wielki sposób.
Napoleon Hill

6. When one door of happiness closes, another door opens – Gdy jedne drzwi do szczęścia zamykają się, otwierają się inne.
Helen Keller

7. When it rains, look for rainbows; when it’s dark, look for stars – Kiedy pada deszcz, szukaj tęczy, kiedy jest ciemno, szukaj gwiazd.

8. Every time you smile at someone, it is a gift for that person – Za każdym razem, kiedy się do kogoś uśmiechasz, jest to prezent dla tej osoby.
Mother Teresa


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