Unit 4 A good read
– Have you decided what to do with these books, Hobo?
– Not yet.
– Give them to me then.
– OK, I didn’t know you liked books!
– Oh yes. I have to use them to reach the box on the fridge.
Unit 4 Welcome to the unit
– What are you reading, Daniel?
– I’m reading a book about Germany in World War II.I’m interested in history books. They improve my knowledge of the past.
– But I think they’re boring.
– What do you like to read in your spare time?
– I like reading novels and plays. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by the French writer Victor Hugo is great.
– I’ve read that book. The story of the ugly man Quasimodo really touched me.
– Me too.
Unit 4 Reading
After our ship crashed against the rocks, I swam as far as I could.
By the time I finally felt the land under my feet, I was tired out. I fell down on the beach and went to sleep.
I woke up as the sun was rising, but I found I could not move.
My arms, legs and hair were tied to the ground!
Then I felt something on my leg. It moved up over my stomach and neck until it was standing near my face.I looked down and saw a very small man.He was the same size as my little finger! Where was I? Who was this tiny person?
Soon more small men started climbing all over me. There were around 40 of them.I shouted at them—the loud noise made them all fall over.However, they soon got up again and continued moving across my body.
One of these small men began talking to me, but I could not understand him.I did not know what to say either. I tried to pull one hand free and finally managed to break the ropes.When I lifted my left hand into the air, the small men began to shout.I looked down and saw a huge army of tiny people. They were coming straight towards me.”I must run away from them,” I thought, but I did not know how to get away.
Unit 4 Integrated skills
Millie: Kitty, have you read any good books recently?
Kitty: Yes. I love travelling, so I’ve just read a book named Notes from a Small Island. The writer talks about his travels around Britain. How about you, Millie?
Millie: I read a humorous novel called Three Men in a Boat. It’s the story of three men and a dog. What are you reading, Daniel?
Daniel: I’m reading a history book named Flags of Our Fathers. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read about World War Ⅱ. And you, Simon?
Simon: Well, I read a book about science—A Brief History of Time, by the famous British scientist Stephen Hawking. What about you, Sandy?
Sandy: I’ve just finished reading the novel Moment in Peking by the Chinese writer Lin Yutang.
Suzy: Have you heard of the Harry Potter books? They’re a series of novels by J.K. Rowling, a British writer.
Rowling was born on 31 July 1965. As a child, she often wrote stories and read them to her sister. In 1990, while she was on a train trip to London, the idea for the first Harry Potter story came to her. In 1995, Rowling finished the first Harry Potter book, and in 2007 she finished the seventh book of the series. That’s the last one of the Harry Potter series.
The first Harry Potter book wasn’t a success in the beginning. When Rowling wanted to publish the story, all the British publishing houses refused it. That was a difficult time for her. But a year later, a small publishing house in London was willing to accept it.
The Harry Potter series has been a great success so far. The books have been translated into about 70 languages, with sales of over 450 million copies, in over 200 countries and areas all over the world.
Unit 4 Speak up
– Excuse me, I want some history books, but I don’t know where to find them.
– Don’t worry. You can search for information on the computer here.
– Thank you. How many books can I borrow at a time?
– You can borrow one Chinese book and one English book.
– I see. How long can I keep the books?
– For two weeks. You must return them on time.
– Could you tell me how to renew them?
– You don’t have to come to our desk every time. Just renew them online. It’s easy.
– OK. Thanks for your help.
– You’re welcome.
Unit 4 Task
My reading habits
I love reading. I spend over seven hours a week reading different types of books.On weekdays, I usually read for about half an hour before going to bed.I read a lot at the weekend. I am interested in history books, but I like novels best.The four great classical Chinese novels are my favourite.
I get most of my books from Sunshine Library-it is just opposite my home.My friends give me lots of advice on books. We often meet together and discuss what to read.
Reading is always a wonderful time. Good books are good friends.They help me relax after a busy day. They also open up a whole new world to me.