精靈國奇遇記

An Adventure to Pixieland 

2nd November 2021

Written by Ruth (Age 8, Co. Mayo)

Translated by 何驊臻  莊皓婷  錢欣伶  楊鎧憶  郭芷妤

Illustrated by 龐啟真  張仁奎  王翔岳  李長軒  游政諺

從前有個男孩他很喜歡待在圖書館。

 

他覺得書可以帶他去任何地方,像是月球、城堡、城市、山洞,甚至是外太空。

 

有一天,男孩在圖書館閱讀有關龍的故事。突然,一陣煙霧將他團團包圍。

 

當男孩睜開眼睛,才發覺自己已經不在圖書館裡,而是來到了有龍出沒的精靈國!

 

他正站在山腳下,四周是一群全副武裝的小精靈,還有一條可怕的巨龍。

 

他驚覺自己竟然在戰場上,身上還穿著鎧甲!

 

這時巨龍逐漸逼近,男孩嚇得瞪大了雙眼!

 

只見巨龍有著一口大黃牙,還有會噴火的鼻孔,而且聞起來非常臭!

 

接著男孩聽到小精靈們大喊:「打敗巨龍,不要怕!」

 

男孩從口袋裡掏出僅有的一支筆,準備朝巨龍身上刺去。 神奇的是,手中的筆瞬間變成了一把劍! 

 

男孩拼盡全力戰鬥,但是巨龍的速度實在太快了,一下子就躲開了所有攻擊。

 

就在男孩覺得快要被打敗時,突然想起爺爺曾經說過的話:「永遠不要放棄!」

 

於是,他再次拿起劍刺向巨龍。

 

巨龍砰的一聲倒下,所有小精靈高興地大聲歡呼 !

 

精靈國的國王也和大家一起慶祝這次的勝利,並且決定獎賞這位勇敢的男孩。

 

就在要接獲禮物的那瞬間,男孩一眨眼,又回到了圖書館 。

 

男孩把手上的書放回書架上,他永遠不會忘記自己勇敢打敗巨龍的那一刻。

下次當你感到害怕的時候,記得一定要勇敢!

​(Original Text)

There was once a boy who loved the library. He thought that books could take him anywhere:  to the moon, to castles, to cities, to caves and even outer space!

 

One day, while the boy was at the library, looking at a book about dragons, a puff of smoke suddenly appeared around him! The boy wasn’t at the library anymore, but had drifted off to a land where dragons roam!

 

The boy opened his eyes and he was standing at the foot of a hill and around him were armies of pixies and a great, fearsome dragon! The boy was dressed in a suit of armour and he was in the midst of a fight! The boy’s eyes bulged as he saw the big dragon coming towards him. The dragon had yellow teeth, big nostrils with fire and he smelt really bad!

 

The boy heard the pixies shouting, “Fight the dragon, be brave!” The boy took his pen out of his pocket and held it out to the dragon. Miraculously, it changed into a sword!

 

The boy fought with all his might, but the dragon was quick and dodged the boy. The boy felt that he was going to lose. Suddenly he remembered what his grandfather used to say, “Never give up!” So, the boy tried again.

 

The dragon fell down with a thump and all the pixies cheered! They called for their king to see the victory. The king of Pixieland gave a prize to the boy for bravery.

 

At that moment, the boy opened his eyes and was back in the library.

 

The boy put the book back in the shelf, but would always remember that day, when he fought the great dragon.

 

So, when you feel scared, remember to be brave!