‘I like work. I find it interesting … I can sit and look at it for hours.’
With ideas like this, perhaps it is not a good idea to spend a holiday taking a boat trip up the River Thames. But this is what the three friends – and Montmorency the dog – decide to do. It is the sort of holiday that is fun to remember afterwards, but not so much fun to wake up to early on a cold, wet morning.
This famous book has made people laugh all over the world for a hundred years … and they are still laughing.
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1. aground (adv): touching the bottom of the river in shallow water.
2. bank (river): the ground on each side of a river.
3. bark (n): the short quick sound that a dog makes.
4. bedclothes: the blankets and sheets on a bed.
5. blow (n): hitting someone or something hard.
6. camp (v): to sleep outside in the open air or in tents.
7. cap (n): a kind of hat worn by men.
8. case : a kind of box with glass in the front.
9. fool (n): a very stupid person.
10. hammer (n): a piece of wood with a heavy metal head used for hitting things.
11. hedge (n): a ‘wall’ of small trees which have been planted together.
12. housekeeper : a person who takes care of a house.
13. keeper: a person who takes care of something.
14. landlord: the owner of a pub.
15. lock (n): a place on a river between gates where boats are raised or lowered to a different level.
16. lock-keeper : a person who looks after a lock on a river.
17. maze: lots of high hedges with narrow paths between them; people have to find their way in and out, and usually get lost.
18. nail (n): a small thin piece of metal with a sharp end.
19. nest (n): a place that a bird makes to have its eggs.
20. nose (n): (in the story) the front of a boat.
21. piano: a large musical instrument with black and white keys that you press to make music.
22. rat: a little grey animal with a long tail.
23. rope: very thick, strong string, used for tying things.
24. splash (v): to make water fly about and make things wet.
25. steer: to turn a wheel or handle to guide a boat, care, etc.
26. stick (past tense stuck): to fix or fasten one things to another thing.
27. stove: a small oil cooker, used for cooking outdoors.
28. stroke (v): to move the hand gently across something, again and again.
29. swan: a big white bird with a long neck.
30. symptom: a sign of illness.
31. teapot: a pot in which tea is made.
32. tent: a small house made of cloth over poles.
33. tin: a metal container for keeping foods.
34. tin–opener: the thing used to cut open a tin.
35. tow: to pull a boat, care, etc, along behind you with a rope.
36. yell (v): to shout very loudly.