F: Yeah, nice. But you can’t play with them. What good are they?
M: If you wanna play, get a dog. But if you want something interesting to watch, you can’t beat tropical fish.
F: But they don’t do anything.
M: What do you mean? They swim around and look great. It’s fun watching them swim. Very relaxing.
F: You know, you’ll have to keep the aquarium very clean. You can’t get lazy about that . or they might die. It’s a lot of work.
M: I can do that.
F: And they’re expensive.
M: Well, if they’re as fascinating as I think they’ll be, it’ll be worth it. Page 68. Exercise C.
[F = England]
F: The Fox and the Crow
One morning, a hungry fox was walking in the forest. The fox saw a crow in a tree. The crow had a piece of cheese in his mouth. “I’d love to eat that cheese for breakfast,” thought the fox. He sat under the tree and looked up at the crow.
“What a beautiful bird you are!” the fox said” Your feathers are as black as night. Your eyes are as yellow as the sun. But I’ve heard that you can’t sing. That’s too bad. If only you could sing, you would be the most beautiful bird of all!”
The crow listened and thought, ”The fox is right. I am beautiful! But what does he mean I can’t sing? I can sing as well as other birds.” Then the crow opened its mouth and went “Caw, caw!”
The cheese fell to the ground, and the fox ate it.” Thank you for breakfast!” the fox called. “I see you have a voice, but where is your brain?” Page 69. Exercise D.
M: The Peacock’s Tail
A long time ago, the peacock used to fly higher than any other bird. And his feathers were short and brown—not like they are today. One day after flying around, the peacock rested next to a lake. The peacock saw his reflection in the water. He was disappointed. ‘1 wish I were beautiful,” the peacock thought. “If only I could be beautiful, I would pay any price. “The peacock fell asleep, feeling sad.
When the peacock woke up the next day, he had beautiful feathers of blue and green. He had a long tail that he could open like a fan. The peacock walked through the forest, showing his beautiful feathers to all the other birds.
Then the peacock thought,” Everyone must see m& I’ll fly high above the trees and show my beautiful feathers to everyone.” He tried to fly, but his long tail was too heavy. He could not do it.
A small brown sparrow sat in a tree watching the peacock. “You are very beautiful,” the sparrow said.” But is being beautiful worth such a high price?” Before the peacock could answer, the little sparrow flew away.
Page 73. Exercise A.
Part I [A male annnouncer; T Tino Rotenburg]
A: As part of our four-part series on animal-assisted therapy, today’s report by Tina Rotenburg focuses on some special human and animal relationships.
T: When people become quadriplegics, they lose more than control of their arms and legs; they lose control of their lives. Each day is a challenge to regain more control and become more independent. Many quadriplegics use an electric wheelchair to move around, but family or friends cannot always be there to assist them.
In recent years, Capuchin monkeys have been trained to help improve their lives. These intelligent and dexterous monkeys have hands similar to human hands. They assist quadripleqics by performing practical tasks such as serving food, opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, and retrieving objects. Capuchins are dependable and devoted helpmates, giving their partners independence, dignity, and companionship. Page 73. Exercise B.
T: Children who have autism, Down’s syndrome, and other mental or physical conditions are often not responsive and have difficulty interacting with people and learning to talk. But in Miami, Florida, children like these are swimming with dolphins in a special program that is showing some promising results.
Dolphins are extremely intelligent and gentle animals and they show a special fondness for children. When the children swim with them, the dolphins are playful and they make noises that sound like singing. Scientists theorize that, because children have a natural capacity for joy and playfulness, this time spent together helps the children relax and open up. After swimming with dolphins just two or three times, some children can speak their first words. Many of these children have also become more interactive and have responded better to people after therapy.