A long way out in the deep blue sea there lived a fish.Not just an ordinary fish, but the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean. His scales were every shade
of blue and green and purple, with sparkling silver scales among them.
The other fish were amazed at his beauty. They called him Rainbow Fish. “Come on, Rainbow Fish,” they would call. “Come and play with us!” But the Rainbow Fish would just glide
past, proud and silent, letting his scales shimmer
One day, a little blue fish followed after him. “Rainbow Fish,” he called, “wait for me! Please give me one of your shiny scales. They are so wonderful, and you have so many.”
“You want me to give you one of special scales? Who do you think you are?” cried the Rainbow Fish. “Get away from me!” Shocked, the little blue fish swam away. He was so upset; he told all his friends what had happened. From then on, no one would have anything to do with the Rainbow Fish. They turned away when he swam by.
What good were the dazzling, shimmering scales with no one to admire them? Now he was the loneliest fish in the entire ocean.
One day he poured out
his troubles to the starfish. “I really
am beautiful. Why doesn’t anybody like me?” “I can’t answer that for you,” said the starfish. “But if you go beyond the coral reef to a deep cave you will find the wise octopus
. Maybe she can help you.”
小编注：诉苦怎么表达？用一个tell太单调了吧！不如一把鼻涕，一把眼泪的把苦衷pour out(倾倒)出来吧！或许这种用词方式只有阅读大量原版书籍之后，才能获得这样的语感。I really am beautiful.错了吗？really是可以跑到be动词前面的，如果我们特别想强调的是really(真的)。
The Rainbow Fish found the cave. It was very dark inside and he couldn’t see anything. Then suddenly two eyes caught him in their glare and the octopus emerged from the darkness. “I have been waiting for you,” said the octopus with a deep voice. “The waves have told me your story. This is my advice. Give a glittering scale to each of the other fish. You will no longer be the most beautiful fish in the sea, but you will discover how to be happy.”
“I can’t…” the Rainbow Fish started to say, but the octopus had already disappeared into a dark cloud of ink. Give away my scales? My beautiful shining scales? Never. How could I ever be happy without them? Suddenly he felt the light touch of a fin. The little blue fish was back! “Rainbow Fish, please, don’t be angry. I just want one little scale.” The Rainbow Fish waver
ed. Only one very very small shimmery
scale, he thought. Well maybe I wouldn’t miss just one.
Carefully the Rainbow Fish pulled out the smallest scale and gave it to the little fish. “Thank you! Thank you very much!” The little blue fish bubbled playfully, as he tuck
ed the shiny scale in among his blue ones. A rather peculiar feeling came over the Rainbow Fish. For a long time he watched the little blue fish swim back and forth with his new scale glittering in the water.
小编注：“拔出、抽出”怎么说？draw还是extract？为什么我们总是会犯爱用单个动词表达的毛病呢？灵活应用动词词组是英语水平高的重要标志，试试pull out吧！讲地道的英语句子的第一步就是改变一切句子用“人”作主语的习惯，学会直接用“物”作主语，比如这句A rather peculiar feeling came over the Rainbow Fish。好像一种奇妙的感觉也涌入我心中，找到原汁原味的感觉了。
The little blue fish whiz
zed through the ocean with his scale flashing, so it didn’t take long before the Rainbow Fish was surrounded by the other fish. Everyone wanted a glittering scale. The Rainbow Fish shared his scales left and right. And the more he gave away, the more delighted he became. When the water around him filled with glimmering scales, he at last felt at home among the other fish.
Finally the Rainbow Fish had only one shining scale left. His most prized possessions had been given away, yet he was very happy. “Come on Rainbow Fish,” they called. “Come and play with us!” “Here I come,” said the Rainbow Fish and happy as a splash
, he swam off to join his friends.