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《典范英语》(2a)第29课Kipper的牙齿掉了,为什么会有仙女给他硬币?(牙仙子的故事)2016-12-05 11:31:21    来源:典范英语

问:Kipper松动的牙齿掉了,为什么图片中会出现一个仙女,为什么家人会给Kipper硬币?(摘自陈教授答疑:Tina 2010-2-21)
答:自20世纪初以来,英语国家便开始流传牙仙子(tooth fairy)的童话。1927年有人写了一出名叫《牙仙子》的三幕儿童短剧,以后关于牙仙子的各种故事书、电影和电视节目出了不少,包括今年1月美国20世纪福克斯公司出品的电影《牙仙子》。我虽然早就知道牙仙子的事,但那是我女儿在她五六岁换牙时告诉我的,自己没有看过相关的文学或影视作品,不了解详情。我女儿珞瑛在英国出生和长大,今年11岁。下面是她写的她所知道的牙仙子的故事,我稍微做了一点编辑。

  A Tale of the Tooth Fairies

  A long time ago the Fairy Queen (仙后) wanted to have the most expensive necklace in the entire fairy kingdom. Because the enamel (珐琅) on a child's tooth was the most valuable thing to the fairies, the Queen wished for a necklace made from children’s teeth and ordered all the tooth fairies to find children’s unwanted teeth for her.To tell the children what would happen,the Fairy Queen ordered the dream fairies to issue a notice to them when they were in their dreams.They could place their unwanted teeth under their pillows for the tooth fairies to collect them. As a reward, the tooth fairies would transform the useless core of the teeth into coins and give them to the children. So every night,after collecting a tooth from under a child's pillow, the tooth fairy would leave a pound coin (一镑钱硬币) in its place.

  很久以前,仙子王国的仙后想得到全国最珍贵的项链。在仙子们的眼睛里,小孩子牙齿表面的珐琅是最值钱的东西,于是仙后想要一个用小孩牙齿做成的项链。她命令所有牙仙子四处为她寻找孩子们换牙时掉下来的牙齿。为了让全世界的孩子们知道这件事,仙后命令梦仙子在孩子们做梦时通知他们,把自己不要的牙齿放在枕头下面,以便牙仙子来取走。牙仙子会把牙里没用的牙髓变成钱币,送给孩子们,作为对他们的奖励。所以每天晚上,像小花蝴蝶一样的牙仙子会从窗户缝飞进掉了牙的小孩睡觉的屋子,从孩子的枕头下面取走牙齿,给他留下一枚一镑钱的硬币。