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It Makes a Difference to That one


(河北邢台 高素菊 供稿)

A businessman on vacation was walking along a beach when he saw a young boy. Along the shore were many starfish that had been washed up by

the tide and were sure to die before the tide returned. The boy was walking slowly along the shore and occasionally reached down and tossed the

beached starfish back into the ocean. The businessman, hoping to teach the boy a little lesson in common sense, walked up to the boy and said,

"I have been watching what you are doing, son. You have a good heart and I know your mean well, but do you realize how many beaches there are

around here and how many starfish are dying on every beach every day. Surely such an industrious and kind hearted boy such as yourself could find

something better to do with your time. Do you really think that what you are doing is going to make difference?" The boy looked up at the man,

and then he looked down at a starfish by his feet. He picked up the starfish, and as he gently tossed it back into the ocean, he said, "It makes a

difference to that one."
一个在度假的商人正沿着海滨散步,海滩上有许多被海潮冲上岸的海星,它们注定会在下一阵潮水来临之前死去。这时他看见一个小男孩,正慢悠悠地在岸边散步,还不时地弯下腰去,把那些被冲上岸的海星抛回海里。商人想给这个小男孩上堂小常识课,于是就走到他跟前说:“孩子,我一直在注意你的举动,你有颗善良的心,而且我也了解你的好意,可你是否意识到这附近有多少海滩?每天又有多少海星死在每个海滩上呢?像你这样勤奋善良的男孩肯定可以把时间花在比这更有益的事情上。你真的认为你现在的所作所为会起什么作用吗?”男孩抬起头望了望这人,然后又低头望着脚边的一颗海星,把它捡了起来,然后轻轻地把它抛回大海,说道:“这么做至少对这只海星有用。”

A. Answer the following questions:

1. What did the businessman see the boy doing?
2. Why did he come up to the child?
3. Did the boy approve of what he had said? Why?

B: What do the following words or phrases in the story mean?

1. toss 2. industrious
3. common 4 make difference


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