4. Read for Fun 趣味阅读
The Story of Tom Thumb （ in WPE ）
One day ，when a famous magician traveling the country disguised as a begar （beggar），steped（stepped）at the cottage of a poor plowman （BrE：ploughman）to ask for food . The plowman had just come in from work and was very tired ，but he welcomed the stranger，even though this was only a raged （ragged ）begar man；The plowman’s wife said he could sit down and share their supper .
Now the magician noticed that the old man and his wife ,though they had a beautiful cottage , did not seem happy.
“What is the matter ?” he asked .”What is it you lack ?”
“ My husband and I have lived here happily for nearly twenty years,” said the plowman’s wife .”but we have no child .This is a great sorrow to us . How I should love to have a son-----yes, even a little son no biger than my husband’s thumb. “
After supper, the magician left . Thinking over what the poor woman had said , he said to himself . “I’ll help them .”
The next day a little boy only 20 centimeters tall ran into the cottage .
“Hello mama , hello papa [注1]” he said .
They loved him very much .
“You are very small . We will call you Tom Thumb .” said the old man .
“And I will make you very small clothes . “
“I will make furniture especially for you . “ said the old man .
Tom Thumb and his parents are very happy .
“Play in the garden , Tom ,” said his mother . “Don’t go into the woods . The man-eating giant lives there . “
One day Tom was in the garden with his black and white dog Scotty .The dog ran into the woods and Tom Thumb followed it .
BOOM , BOOM , BOOM , BOOM.
“What’s that ?” thought Tom .
The earth and the trees tremble. “Oh no ,” said Tom. “ It’s the giant !”
“I’m going to eat you , Tom Thumb,” said the giant .
Tom Thumb was terrified and started to run .
In a second , Tom Thumb was in the giant’s hand .
“Let me go !” shouted Tom .
“Ha! Ha!” said the giant . “ When we are at the castle , I will have you for my dinner !”
“I’m too small and thin !” said Tom .
“But you are nice and tender .” said the giant .
In the castle kitchen the giant put on a pot of water to boil . He put Tom Thumb in a cage .
“Potatoes! Carrots ! Onions !” said the giant . “ A few peas…and Tom Thumb ! Perfect !”
“I must escape,” Tom said to himself and squeezes thru the bars of the cage .
Tom ran across the room and crawled under the door .
“I’m out of the castle , “ shouted Tom .
“Come back ,” shouted the giant . He ran after Tom .Scotty ran between the giant’s feet .
With a crash , the giant fell down . Happily , Tom jumped on the Scotty’s back and they rode back to the cottage together .
简化说明： 词形变化中出现双写的beggar ,stepped ,bigger等都改成了单写。WPE目前处于探索、创新与逐步完善阶段，文章中出现的简化形式，除了在你所学课本中也出现的以外，一般的在考试中不要采用，以免扣分。
[注1] 用mama papa 这样的英语旧有的形式是因为这类词也为说其他语言的人们所熟悉。
[注2] 把through简化成 thru在AmE中是较常见的,这种简化形式写起来便捷读起来容易。