飛天小狗羅佛

The Dog Who Wanted to Fly

7th December 2021

Written by Ella (Age 10, Co. Cork)

Translated by 錢冠妤  郭語潔  鄭安庭  楊硯婷  林渝臻

Illustrated by 許晉維  何亭君  陳冠橞  孫筠婷  夏培藝

很久很久以前,有一隻小狗叫做羅佛。

羅佛和三隻母犬和五隻公犬一同長大。

在十二月寒冷的某天,羅佛和他的兄弟姐妹們一同在外面玩耍,他抬頭看向天空,看到許多的鳥兒在天空上飛,他也想要像鳥兒一樣在天空上飛行。

 

於是,他跑過去和一群聖誕鳥說。

我知道今年的聖誕節想要什麼了!我想和你們一起飛!」羅佛自豪地說著。

哇!我從來沒聽說過狗會飛。」最年長的聖誕鳥說。

僅僅因為還沒有狗狗做過,並不意味著做不到。」羅佛回答說。

我希望聖誕老公公能給你你想要的東西,這樣你就能和我們一起飛了!」有著大紅肚子的聖誕鳥鳴叫道。

羅佛點頭說:「我也希望。

之後,羅佛的主人讓他去後院享用晚餐。

 

很快就來到了平安夜。

 

羅佛對聖誕鳥說:「我真不敢相信今天就是平安夜耶!好期待!」。

聖誕鳥回覆他說:「是呀!希望聖誕老公公記得實現你的願望!」。

 

那晚,羅佛上床睡覺後,他被一位紅通通、胖嘟嘟、笑嘻嘻的人叫醒。

羅佛以為這是一場夢,所以讓那個人帶他到屋子外頭去。

然後羅佛開口問道:「你是真的嗎?還是我在作夢?

齁!齁!齁!」聖誕老公公大笑著。

我當然是真的呀!而且我可沒有忘記你許的願望喔!」。

 

接著,聖誕老公公把羅佛抱到後院聖誕樹的大樹枝上頭。

好的,羅佛,我要你做三件事情:

第一、堅信這世上沒有任何事情能難倒你,

第二、相信自己,

第三、閉上眼睛跳吧!

 

羅佛深吸了一口氣,然後跳了下去。

 

未完待續......

​(Original Text)

Once upon a time there was a dog called Rover.  Rover grew up with eight other dogs - three girls and five boys. One frosty day in December, Rover and his siblings were outside playing. He looked up to the sky and saw so many birds. He wished he could fly too. He went over to tell the robins about it.

 

“I know what I want to ask for Christmas this year! I want to be able to fly with you guys,” said Rover, proud of himself for thinking about something good to say.

 

“Wow! I have never heard about a dog flying,” said the oldest Robin.

 

“Just because no one has done it yet, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done,” replied Rover.

 

“I hope Santa gives you what you want and you will be able to fly with us,” chirped the robin with the big red tummy.

 

“Me too,” nodded Rover. Rover got called in for dinner by his super nice owners.

 

It wasn’t long until it was Christmas Eve. Rover was in the back garden.

 

“I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already,” said Rover.

 

“Yeah, let’s just hope Santa does not forget about you,” replied the robin.

 

That night, after Rover went to bed, he was woken up a big red jolly man. Rover thought it was a dream, so he let the man carry him outside.

 

Then Rover asked, “Are you real or am I dreaming?”

 

“HO, HO, HO!!!” laughed Santa, “Of course I am real! And I haven’t forgotten what you asked for.” Santa placed Rover on the big branch of the oak tree in the back garden.

 

 “Okay Rover, I want you to do three things:

Believe that you can do anything,

Believe in yourself,

Close your eyes and jump!”

Rover took a deep breath and jumped…

                                                                                                                                                                        To be continued.