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The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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C h a p t e r I: A M a n of A d v e n t u r e
C h a p t e r 2: P r o f e s s o r C h a l l e n g e r
C h a p t e r 3 : T h e Professor ' s S tory
C h a p t e r 4: In S e a r c h of the T r u t h
C h a p t e r 5 : T h e A d v e n t u r e Begins
C h a p t e r 6 : T h e P la teau o f the L o s t W o r l d
C h a p t e r 7: T r a p p e d !
C h a p t e r 8: Dinosaurs !
C h a p t e r 9 : T h e M a p
C h a p t e r 10: Journey to L a k e G l a d y s
C h a p t e r I I : T h e A p e - P e o p l e
C h a p t e r 12: T h e H e r o e s Return
G l o s s a r y
C r o s s - C u r r i c u l a r Focus
Sir Arthur Conan Doylc nai io en Edimburgo (Escocia) en 1859
y murió en 1930. Es muy conocido por sus historias del detective
Sherlock Holmes y las aventuras del profesor Challenger. En 1912
escribió El mundo perdido, su obra más importante de ciencia ficción.
Edward Malone inicia una misión peligrosa para demostrar que
es un héroe y convencer a Gladys, el amor de su vida, para que se
case con él. Acompañado de Lord John Roxton y de los profesores
Summerlee y Challenger, los cuatro hombres viajan al Amazonas .
All í quedan atrapados en una meseta donde descubren un mundo
perdido de animales prehistóricos. Pero no están solos porque allí
también habitan indios y hombres-monos. Estos últimos capturan a
los dos profesores y a algunos indios, y a Ma lone y Lord Roxton les
toca rescatarlos. Hay una batalla y los cuatro aventureros ayudan a
los indios a triunfar sobre los hombres-monos pero todavía les espera
otro reto: encontrar el camino de salida del M u n d o Perdido.
Sii Arthur Conan Doylc va néixer a Edimburg (Escocia) el 1859 i
va morir el 1930. És molt conegut per les seves histories del detectiu
Sherlock Holmes i les aventures del professor Challenger. El 1912 va
escriure El món perdut, la seva obra mes important de ciéncia-ficció.
L 'Edward Malone inicia una missió perillosa per demostrar que
es un heroi i convencer la Gladys, l 'amor de la seva vida, perqué es
casi amb ell. Acompanyat d'en Lord John Roxton i deis professors
Summerlee i Challenger, els quatre homes viatgen a l 'Amazones .
Allá es queden atrapáis a un altiplá on descobreixen un món
perdut d'animals prehistórics. Pero no hi son sois perqué allá també
hi habiten indis i homes mico. Aqucsts últims capturen els dos
professors i alguns indis, i a en Malone i a en Lord Roxton els toca
rcscatar-los. Hi ha una batalla i els quatre aventurers ajuden els indis
a triomfar sobre els homes mico pero encara els espera un altre repte:
trobar el camí de surtida del M ó n Perdut.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Edinburgon (Eskozia) ja io zen 1859an
eta 1930ean hil zen. Sherlock Holmes detektibearen ¡storiock eta
Challenger irakaslearen abenturek egin zuten ezagun. Mundu galdua
idatzi zuen 1912an, zientzia-f ikziozko bere lanik garrantzitsuena.
Edward Malonek zeregin arriskutsu bati ekin dio, Gladys, bere
betiko maitea, liluratu eta czkontzarako bidean jartzeko. Hiru
lagunekin batera, Summerlee eta Challenger irakasleak eta Lord John
Roxton, Amazonara joan da. Han, goi-lautada batetik irten ezinda
daudela, historiaurreko animalien mundu galdu bat aurkitu dute.
Ez daude bakarrik, indiarrak eta gizatximinoak ere bizi dirá lautada
horretan. Gizatximinoek irakasleak eta indiar batzuk harrapatu
dituztelarik, Maloner i eta Lord Roxtoni egokitu zaie erreskatatzea.
Borrokan, lau abenturazaleen laguntzarekin, indiarrak gailendu dirá,
baina oraindik badute lau hauek beste erronka bat: Mundu Galdutik
irteteko bidea aurkitzea.
L l M I A R
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle naceu en Edimburgo (Escocia) en 1859
e morreu en 1930. É moi coñecido polas súas historias do detective
Sherlock Holmes e as aventuras do profesor Challenger. En 1912
escribiu 0 mundo perdido, a súa obra máis importante de ficción
Edward Ma lone comeza unha misión perigosa para amosar que
é un héroe c convencer a Gladys, o amor da súa vida, para que
case con el. Acompañado de Lord John Roxton e dos profesores
Summerlee e Challenger, os catro homes viaxan ao Amazonas . Al í
fican atrapados nunha meseta onde descobren un mundo perdido
de animáis prehistóricos. Mais non están sos pois alí tamén habitan
indios e homes-monos . Estes últimos capturan aos dous profesores
e a algúns indios, e a Malone e Lord Roxton tócalles rescátalos. Hai
unha batalla e os catro aventureiros axudan aos indios a triunfaren
sobre os homes-monos mais aínda lies agarda outro reto: atopar o
camino de saída do M u n d o Perdido.
1 Complete the sentences with the words below.
prove sceptical extinct journalist drawing meeting
1. Dinosaurs became long ago.
2. I 'm a for a big newspaper.
3. Last year, I wen t to a at the Zoological Institute.
4. A famous professor said, "Dinosaurs exist today in South America ," but
I was about this.
5. He showed me a and a photograph to
2 Wri te T (true) or F (false) next to each sentence.
1. Journalists sometimes go to dangerous places.
2. There were no cameras or photographs 100 years ago.
3. Dinosaurs disappeared from the wor ld millions of years ago.
4. Travellers in remote areas often get help from natives of the area.
5. Even in the wor ld of science, people sometimes laugh at strange
n e w ideas.
3 Look at the picture and answer the questions.
My name is Edward Malone , and I 've got a fantastic story to tell.
You probably won ' t believe my story, because it's so incredible. But it
really happened and it changed my life forever.
It all started on a spring day in 1912. I was at the home of Gladys
Hungerton, the love of my life. "Gladys, will you marry me?" I asked
Gladys looked at me sadly. "Edward! I 'm sorry!" she answered.
"You ' re very sweet, but I 'm not in love with you. I want to marry a
man of adventure, a famous man - a great hero!"
"/ want to marry a man of adventure," Gladys answered.
I'll never forget her face at that moment . I was surprised. I was
perplexed. I didn't understand. "Adventure!" I exclaimed. "What are
you talking about? W h o has adventures in life?"
" M a n y people," answered Gladys. "Our lives are full of possible
adventures, but we have to find them. That's the difference between
a hero and a normal person."
I tried again. "Gladys, I 'll do anything for you if you let me."
Gladys smiled sadly and said, " N o w , Edward, that's enough.
Maybe you'll be famous one day. We ' l l talk then." She opened the
door and said, "Goodbye , Edward."
And so I left Gladys' house. I could think of only one thing: " I ' m
going to be a great hero. Gladys wil l be mine!"
I didn't know it then, but these words changed my life and took
me on an incredible adventure.
From Gladys' house, I wen t to my office at the Daily Gazette.
I was work ing there as a journalist. I approached my boss,
Mr McArd le , and announced, "I want to go on a special mission -
something wi th adventure, somewhere exotic. If it's a dangerous
mission, that wil l be even better! Then I can wr i te about it in the
Mr M c A r d l e was very surprised. " W h y ? " he asked. "You ' re only 23,
Edward. Do you want to die young?"
" N o , " I said. "I want to live - to R E A L L Y l ive."
Mr McArd le looked at me in silence and then said, " I ' v e got an
idea. Does the name Professor Challenger sound familiar to you?"
"Yes , I think so," I answered. "Isn't he a famous scientist?"
" Y e s , " said McArd le . "He 's a zoologist . He's very intelligent, but
he's also a little crazy. Everybody is talking about h im these days.
Maybe you can try to interview h im."
" W h y do people think he's crazy?" I asked.
" W e l l , " said Mr McArd le , " t w o years ago, the professor wen t to
study animals in South America. Al ter a year, he returned to England
wi th a fantastic story about dinosaurs in the jungle . He showed
people some photos of dinosaurs and tried to convince them of their
existence! Of course, nobody believed him. They called him a crazy
man and a liar."
I was curious about the photographs. "Really? I can't imagine w h y
he did that," I said. " O K , I'll talk to him. It could be a good story for
"Good , " said Mr McArd le . "Oh, one more thing - the professor
hates journalists. Last week, t w o journalists tried to talk to him.
He attacked them and broke one journalist 's nose. So . . . good luck,
Edward. You'll need it!"
Mr McArd lc started to leave. "The professor docs sound crazy! Arc
you мне you want me to visit him? You obviously really like me, sir!"
1 said, sarcastically.
"Oh, Hdward," said Mr McArd lc . "This is exactly the mission lor
you - a dangerous one. I 'm only answering your request."
I thought about that. Mr McArd lc was right. "What is the
professor's address?" I asked. He gave it to me, and I left the office
feeling very positive and optimistic.
The next day, I sent this letter to Professor Challenger:
Dear Professor Challenger,
I'm a science student and I'm reading your
research on zoology. In my opinion, you're a great
scientist. But I don't understand some of your ideas
about Darwin's theory of evolution. Could we please
meet and talk about this?
A few days later, I received a reply from Professor Challenger:
D w M r Malone,
I received your tetter and I Was surprised. Where do yon
study science? I dovCt think, yonr teachers are teaching
yon. very well! Coyne, to my house on Monday at W.00 avn
and I'll explain Darwins theory to yon. If you're late, don't
I read the letter again. "He ' s a very arrogant man," I thought.
"Monda y is going to be an interesting day."
On Monday morning I was at Professor Challenger's house at
9.55 am. The professor's wi fe opened the door for me. "Good
morning," I said. " I ' m here to talk to Professor Challenger."
She was surprised, but she didn't say anything. She took me to a
loom and then she left.
I saw a man sitting in a chair. This was Professor Challenger,
l ie was smoking a pipe. He had a big head wi th brown hair, thick
eyebrows and a brown beard. He looked very strong.
/ saw a man sitting in a chair. This was Professor Challenger.
I he professor turned around to look at me. "So, you are the science
•indent, Mr Edward Ma lone? " he asked in a deep voice. 1 nodded.
"I don't like talking to people," said the professor in an arrogant
voice, "especially not to journalists. According to them, they want to
tell the truth to the world , but that's not their real intention. They
only want to wri te a good story. A story about a crazy professor could
be very interesting and they could probably get a lot of money for it.
It's not important to them if it's true or not."
I was silent. What could I say? The professor suddenly got out
of his chair and stood up. I was surprised because he was shorter
than I expected. He looked at me with his intelligent eyes and
smoked his pipe. Then he said, "But you're not a journalist. You ' re
a science student, so I'll talk to you. I'll give you five minutes. N o w ,
Mr Malone , in your letter, you made a strange request: to clarify my
ideas about Darwin's theory. I think it is very simple. Only a stupid
man can't understand it. Wha t exactly don't you understand?"
" W e l l , I wasn' t sure about the difference between your theory and
Darwin's theory," I answered quickly.
"I sec," said the professor. " D o you agree evolution is pro subae?"
His words didn't mean anything to me, but I couldn't reveal this
fact, so I said, "Urn . . . of course!"
" A n d pro subae is never pro lacae, r ight?" asked the professor.
"Right , right!" I said again.
Professor Challenger smiled. Then, suddenly, there was a furious
expression on his face. "I spoke a lot of rubbish now. You aren't
a science student - you're probably a journalist - and a liar!" he
It was t ime to leave, that was sure! I ran to the front door and
opened it, wi th the professor close behind me. I put one foot outside
and he jumped on me. We started to fight in the street.
I heard a voice behind us. "What ' s going on here?" asked a
policeman. The policeman saw the professor's face and said, "Oh, no!
Not you again! Are you attacking another journalist?"
" Y e s , " said the angry professor. " I ' l l throw all these stupid
journalists out of my house!"
The policeman looked at me . "Are you all right, sir? Do you want
to make a formal complaint?"
"What's going on here?" asked a policeman.
" N o , no," I said.
"Hut he was attacking you!" said the policeman.
I in responsible for that," I said. "Forget about it." Professor
• h.illengcr looked at me, surprised.
I he policeman left us, and I looked at the professor's serious face.
Was he still angry? But suddenly he smiled.
I don't l ike journalists , but I think you ' re different ,
Mi Malone. N o w , let's return to my house. I 've got something very
interesting to tell you."
1 Match the words in A to their definitions in B.
a. make something easier
b. without ending
c. stop living
d. honestly, genuinely
e. came near
f. become a husband or
a wi fe
2 Choose the correct word to complete each sentence.
1. The journal ist / teacher wro te an article for his newspaper.
2. Edward announced to Mr McArd l e , "I want to go on a special
mission / eyebrow."
3. Gladys' words s m o k e d / c h a n g e d Edward's life.
4. Nobody believed the professor's fantastic story about dinosaurs. Instead,
they thought he was crazy / sweet.
5. The professor fell / a t tacked a journalist last week .
6. A good newspaper story must tell the f e w / t r u t h .
Charles Darwin lived from 1809-1882. He was a scientist and
he studied plants and animals. He is famous for his theory of
evolution. According to Darwin, all living things today came from
one original life form.
o. Wants to go somewhere exotic. b. Doesn't like journalists.
c. Wants to marry a hero. d. Asks, "What's going on here?"
I Answer the questions. Wri te the answers in your notebook.
I I low does Edward plan to convince Gladys to marry him?
' W h y does Edward say he is a science student in his letter to Challenger?
i W h y doesn't Professor Challenger like talking to journalists?
I How does the professor know that Edward is not a science student?
'> Whai was Edward's answer to the policeman after the attack by
w w w . b u r l i n g t o n b o o k s . e s / a c t r e a d
I sat with Professor Challenger in his study and he began his story.
" T w o years ago ," he said, "I was studying animals in the forests of
South America. One day, I found a badly injured man in an Indian
village. I tried to help him, but he died after a few hours. He was
European and his name was Mr Maple Whi t e . This drawing was in
his bag." The professor showed me a drawing of a high plateau. On
top of the plateau was a gigantic animal. It looked like a dinosaur.
" I see Mr W h i t e
had a very good
imagination," I said.
" N o , my friend. I
think he really saw
things and then drew
them," said Professor
Challenger. 1 opened
my mouth to say
someth ing , but the
professor stopped me.
"Wa i t ! Let me tell
you the rest of my
story," he said. He took
a big science book and
opened it. There was a
picture of an enormous,
grey dinosaur. It was On top of the
very similar to the one plateau was a gigantic animal.
in the dead man's drawing. "This is a stegosaurus," said Professor
Challenger. "You can see the same animal in Mr Whi te ' s drawing.
Don't you understand? Mr W h i t e saw a stegosaurus before he
I was sceptical. " M a y b e Mr Whi te saw this picture in a book, and
then drew it from his imagination," I said.
The professor shouted angrily, " M A Y B E , M A Y B E , M A Y B E ! That's
ihe problem wi th you journalists. The truth is under your nose and
you can't see it!" The professor stopped and breathed deeply.
" A n y w a y , after I found this drawing, I decided to discover the
truth. I went on a long journey into the forest to find this plateau.
Finally, I found it, but I couldn't climb up. 1 took these photos from
the area below the plateau - look!" The professor showed me a photo
ol a very large bird sitting on top of a tree.
"It looks like a pelican," I said.
"A pelican? You need glasses!" said Professor Challenger, irritated.
"This is a pterodactyl - it's a dinosaur and it can fly."
Till sorry," I said. "But I don't believe it. You can't prove it."
"Oh, but I can!" the professor said. He was excited now and his
lace was very red. "You sec, this ferocious animal tried to attack me,
si >1 shot it dead. I took part of its wing. Look!" The professor opened
a box and gave me a bone with a very unusual form.
The professor opened a box and gave me a bone with a very unusual form.
Then he showed me a page in the science book. There was a drawing
ol llie bone of a pterodactyl's wing. " N o other animal has got a bone
like this," said the professor. " N o w look at the bone. I 'm sure you'l l
agree it wasn' t a pelican. That seems very obvious to me ."
I looked closely at the bone and compared it to the drawing in the
book. It was exactly the same. I couldn't believe it!
" I ' m sorry I thought you were crazy," I said. "You ' re a great
scientist and your discovery is fantastic! In my opinion, you're a hero
like Christopher Columbus because you discovered a new wor ld , too!
I think that's very admirable."
"I discovered something incredible, but it isn't new," said the
professor. " In fact, it's very, very old. It's a lost wor ld . "
" W e l l , this is enough to prove your story," I said. " W h y don't you
tell it to the wor ld?"
Suddenly, the professor became angry again. "I showed the
journalists this photo and the bone," he told me. "According to them,
it isn't real. They called me a liar. Idiots!"
I looked at the professor and didn't say a word .
" A h , good!" said Professor Challenger. "It 's better to be silent than
to say something stupid."
"I don't talk to people if they call me a liar," he continued. " A n d I
don' t talk to stupid journalists if they wri te lies about me. W h y am I
talking to you? You' re probably as bad as the others. If you are, I ' m
the idiot. N o w , you should leave."
I stood and was ready to leave, but the professor took my arm.
"Before you go, I want to invite you to a zoology conference by
Professor Waldron , a famous scientist," he said. "It 's at the Zoological
Institute at 8.00 tonight."
" W h y do you think it wi l l interest me?" I asked.
"You ' l l see," said the professor, smiling. "It 's a surprise!"
I returned to the Daily Gazette and told Mr M c A r d l e about my
meet ing wi th the professor.
"You don't believe him, I hope!" said Mr M c A r d l e .
"Er . . . no, of course not," I answered. But I wasn' t telling the truth.
Wha t was the truth? I wasn' t sure any more.
\ Search of the Trutl I was a few minutes late for the conference at the Zoological
Institute. I stood because there w e r e no empty chairs in the hall.
Professor Wald ron was talking about the theory of evolut ion.
Everybody listened quietly, until he started to talk about extinct
animals. He said, "Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago and arc n o w
extinct, but . . . "
"Wrong!" somebody shouted.
Everybody was quiet. Professor Waldron looked around the room.
W h o said that?" he asked.
"I did," answered Professor Challenger, standing up.
" N o interruptions, please," said Professor Waldron .
" I ' m sorry," said Professor Challenger. "But I 'm a man of science.
11 I hear something wrong , I feel obligated to correct it!"
"We l l , what is 'w rong ' wi th my lecture?" Professor Waldron
asked. "You say you're a man of science - but science is about the
ic.d world , not about crazy stories and lies!"
W e l l , what is 'wrong'with my lecture?" Professor Waldron asked.
"Dinosaurs aren't extinct. They exist in South Amer ica ," said
"Real ly?" said Professor Waldron. He looked at the people in the
hall and smiled. " W e l l , of course w e all believe that, don't w e ? " he
said sarcastically. People started to laugh at Professor Challenger.
"Yes , of course we believe you!" somebody said.
"Professor Challenger is crazy!" said another man.
"Go home! We don't want to hear your stories," said a young lady.
I looked at Professor Challenger. "Wi l l he attack them, too?" I
thought. But Professor Challenger just smiled. "I know it's hard for
you to bel ieve," he said. "But this is a Zoological Institute, and if
you're really people of science, it's your responsibility to prove I 'm
wrong . Let's choose a group of people to go to South America, to see
if my story is real. Or are you all afraid?" Professor Challenger looked
at the people wi th fire in his eyes. Nobody moved .
Suddenly, a tall, well-dressed man stood up. His name was
Professor Summerlee, another we l l -known scientist. " I ' l l g o , " he
said. "I want to prove to everybody that you're a liar, Professor
"Good, good!" said Professor Challenger.
" M e too," said another voice. Everybody turned to look at the
man. " M y name is Lord John Roxton," he said. " A n d I believe I can
help wi th the navigation on this journey. I know the forests in the
A m a z o n very w e l l . "
"Excellent ," said the professor. "I think one more person wil l be
enough. Is there another man of adventure in this room?"
There was silence. This moment changed my life. Here was my
opportunity to prove to Gladys I was a hero. I didn't think for a
second. My hand went up automatically and my voice said, " I ' l l go
"Very good , " said Professor Challenger. "You ' l l leave for South
America in a week!"
A week later, we were ready to embark on our journey to South
America. Before we left, Professor Challenger gave us directions to go
to a small town called Manaos, near the Amazon River. Then he gave
l o rd Roxton a closed envelope and said, "You' l l arrive at Manaos,
and then you must read this letter. It'll help you on your journey and
direct you to the plateau. You' l l see a date and t ime on the envelope.
Don't open it before 12.00 noon on 15th July."
Professor Challenger gave Lord Roxton a closed envelope.
H i e next morning, we left on a ship called The Francisca. It was
1 1 H beginning of May . We sailed out to sea and I watched the land
. 1 .1111 I< I1 1 \ - disappear into the distance. Suddenly, I was afraid. "Oh,
in i 1 What am I doing on a ship on the way to the A m a z o n ? " I thought.
Mine were many questions in my mind. "Wi l l we find the plateau?
u I I . I i will we see there? Wil l we really discover dinosaurs?"
I Wri te each word under the correct picture.
bone envelope drawing afraid
2 Complete the sentences with the words below.
prove mind sailed meeting ' breathed sceptical
1. The professors discussed the dinosaurs at the
2. The professor had an interesting idea in his
3. We out to sea in a large ship.
4. Before he began to speak, he stopped and deeply.
5. I don' t believe you. Can you it?
6. Your story can't be true! I 'm about it.
Throughout history, people laughed at the ideas of many
important scientists, such as: Galileo for saying the Earth
moves around the sun; Antony van Leeuwenhoek for saying
he discovered "plants" t o o small to see without a microscope
(bacteria); Louis Pasteur for saying bacteria caused diseases.
3 Match each speech bubble to the correct person.
I /. / know the fc
brests in the
2. I want to prove to everybody
that you're a liar.
\s . What am I doing on a ship on
the way to the Amazon?
Li: . Two years ago, I was studying
animals in the forests of South
Lord Roxton Edward
I Answer the questions. Wri te the answers in your notebook.
I What did Professor Challenger find in the bag of Mr Maple Whi te?
How does the professor convince Edward the animal in the photo
was a pterodactyl?
\. W h y does the audience at the Zoology Institute laugh at
•1. W h y does Professor Summerlcc volunteer to go on the mission?
> Why does Edward offer to join the mission?
I won ' t tell you about our long journey from England over the
Atlantic or about our boat ride to Manaos. Instead, I'll tell you about
my two companions, Professor Summerlee and Lord John Roxton.
Professor Summerlee was 66 years old, but he was healthy and
strong. He was a serious man and he loved science. He was always
in the forest, studying the animals and plants. He was very sceptical
about our trip because he didn't believe Professor Challenger's
Lord John Roxton was 40 years old. He dressed elegantly and was
very different from Summerlee. He believed in our journey and was
excited about it. He loved South America and told us many stories
about his past travels there. " I ' m sure many adventures are wai t ing
lor us in this forest," he said. " N o t many people know this area, so
h o w can they call Professor Challenger a liar? Maybe there really is
a lost wor ld there."
We arrived at the town of Manaos on the morning of 15th July.
We really wanted to see the contents of Challenger's envelope, but
we wai ted in our hotel room until 12.00. Then, Lord Roxton opened
the envelope. It was empty!
"It was a trick!" exclaimed Summerlee. "There's no letter here,
because there are no dinosaurs! I knew Challenger was a liar!"
Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. Lord Roxton opened
the door and was shocked. Professor Challenger was standing there.
"Professor Challenger!" exclaimed Lord Roxton. "What are you doing
"I thought maybe I could help you on your journey," answered the
professor. "A pilot f lew me here."
"You ' re not coming wi th us!" said Summerlee, in an angry voice.
"Oh yes, I am. You see, you don't k n o w the way to the plateau,"
said the professor. "The envelope was empty. But / know the way. 1
know you don't like the idea, but you need me. N o w , let's begin our
None of us were very enthusiastic about Challenger's decision to
accompany us, but it was impossible to argue wi th him.
The next day, we left Manaos wi th enough provisions for a few
months, and sailed up the A m a z o n in a boat called The Esmeralda.
We paid a native named Zamba to accompany us on our journey
and help us. After six days, the river became narrow and we had to
leave The Esmeralda. We bought some canoes at an Indian village and
continued up the river. The forest was very thick. We couldn't see
much between the trees but we heard different animals. There were
i rocodiles in the river. Sometimes little monkeys jumped from one
11 ee to another, and once a jaguar looked at us through the trees wi th
its penetrating eyes.
ln»ight some canoes at an Indian village and continued up the river.
Professor Challenger and Professor Summerlee wanted to study
every plant and every animal in the forest. Each professor wanted
to prove he knew more than the other one. The t w o men were very
competi t ive and they couldn't agree on anything. I looked at these
two famous scientists and thought, "They ' re like children compet ing
We were going deeper and deeper into the forest in our canoes. On
the third day, Summerlee started to worry.
" A r e you sure this is the correct w a y ? " he asked Challenger.
The professor didn't answer. He was looking around him. "Here
it is! Here's the way to the Lost Wor ld ! " he suddenly exclaimed,
point ing to an opening at the side of the river. M a n y trees and
plants g rew around the opening, so it was difficult to see. We
pushed our canoes through the plants and found a smaller river. It
was like a garden of paradise. There were beautiful plants all around
and the water was cool and clear, wi th many kinds of fish swimming
in it. The trees were full of birds of different colours.
Our journey continued for three more days. Soon, the river became
very narrow, and we hid our canoes under some bushes and walked
along the river wi th our food and clothes on our backs.
The next f ew days weren ' t easy. Sometimes the ground was
covered wi th rocks. Other times it was soft and we t , and it was very
difficult to walk . On one occasion, we came to an area full of bamboo.
We cut the bamboo wi th our machetes to penetrate it. I started to feel
uncertain about the trip and our mission. " W i l l we ever find the Lost
W o r l d ? " I thought to myself.
Then, on the ninth day, we cl imbed a hill, and there, in the
distance, was a big open area wi th a long line of red cliffs and an
enormous plateau on top. I knew the place immediately. It was the
plateau from Mr Whi te ' s drawing.
"This is incredible!" I thought in exci tement . "The Lost Wor ld is a
That night, we made a c a m p and Zamba helped us make a fire. We
were very hungry, so Lord Roxton shot an animal similar to a pig, and
we cooked it on the fire. We were sitting around the fire and eating,
when suddenly we heard a terrible noise. In the dark, we saw many
animals with wings and ferocious red eyes at the end ol long, thin
necks. We saw enormous beaks wi th very sharp teeth. Suddenly, one
of these creatures descended on us, took our dinner in its beak, and
Hew towards the plateau with it in its mouth.
f / ic creature took our dinner in its beak and flew towards the plateau.
We stood in the dark in silence, completely shocked. Summerlee
n as looking at the sky above the plateau. Then, very quietly, he said,
l hose were pterodactyls." He looked at Professor Challenger. " I ' m
.Miry I didn't believe you," he said. " Y o u aren't a liar. N o w I know
yom story is true. Please forgive m e . " Then he offered Professor
i h.illcnger his hand and Professor Challenger took it. For the first
t ime, the two men were friends. Lord Roxton and I were happy about
that. We didn't fall asleep easily that night. We all had a vision of
pterodactyls attacking us, but finally we couldn't keep our eyes open
The next day, our mission was to find a way to the plateau. "Let 's
walk around the cliffs," said Lord Roxton. "Then we can find the best
way to go up." We left Zamba at the camp to guard our things and
then we started to walk around the bot tom of the enormous plateau.
It was a long and difficult walk. The ground was full of broken rocks.
There were many insects and they bit our legs, arms and faces. At
one t ime we crossed an area of very wet land, full of dangerous
snakes. We continued to walk, day after day, trying to find a place
to climb up the cliffs. But the cliffs were very high. Even the most
experienced climber couldn't cl imb them.
"Maybe there isn't a way to go up," said Summerlee.
" N o , I 'm sure there is," said Challenger.
On the fifth day, Lord Roxton suddenly pointed
to a tree. "Look there!" he exclaimed. We saw
something on the ground, near the tree. It
was the remains of a fire. Next to it there
was an empty bottle, an old newspaper and
some bones. On the tree, we saw an arrow.
"1 think Map le W h i t e was here," said Challenger. "The arrow is
pointing that way. Let's fo l low it." We continued east until we found
another arrow. It was pointing to a c a v e . We entered the cave and
walked d o w n a dark tunnel. Suddenly, the tunnel ended, obstructed
by a lot of large rocks. "Look!" Challenger exclaimed. " M a p l e Whi te ' s
way to the Lost Wor ld is closed to us."
What could we do? We were tired, hungry and very far from our
camp. We stood at the bot tom of the cave, trying to think about a
plan of action, w h e n suddenly, something frightening happened.
We heard a loud noise and then an enormous rock fell from above.
\'c looked up, but we couldn't sec anything in the dark. We had a
horrible feeling somebody was watching us, and that the incident
with the rock wasn' t an accident.
Our minds were full of questions. W e r e there humans living
here? Was somebody trying to hurt us - maybe even kill us? If so,
who, and w h y ? We felt there was no hope now. "It 's very difficult
in arrive at the plateau, but if somebody is trying to stop us, it'll be
impossible," I thought. We came out of the cave and looked up at
the enormous plateau. We wanted very much to explore i t before we
i el t imed to London.
I Find words in the puzzle to complete the sentences.
1. The professor told us to h im into the forest.
2. I couldn't sleep because I had a of a frightening
3. The bird has got a long, sharp ye l low
4. He shot the animal wi th an
5. If you shoot at a bird, you can it-
2 Complete the sentences with the words below.
1. The water in the lake was and
2. I wanted my friend to me to South America.
3. I saw a baby in the zoo .
4. I fell and my leg.
5. The men were to see a dinosaur.
6. I didn't want h im to see me so I behind a tree.
.'i Wri te T (true) or F (false) next to each sentence.
1. Lord Roxton believed in the journey to South America to look for
2. Edward, Lord Roxton and Professor Summerlee were happy to sec
Professor Challenger in Manaos .
3. Professor Challenger knew the way to the plateau.
4. A pterodactyl took the men's dinner in its beak and flew towards
5. After Professor Summerlee saw the pterodactyls, he knew Professor
Challenger's story was true.
6. Zamba showed the four men an easy w a y to cl imb up to the
I Answer the questions. Wri te the answers in your notebook.
I What was inside Professor Challenger's envelope?
2. W h y does Edward compare the t w o professors to children?
l W h y was it difficult to walk on the ground up the river?
I What did Lord Roxton and the others see near the tree on the fifth day?
> What happened to the four men wh i l e they w e r e standing at the
bottom of the cave?
The Amazon River is the second
longest river in the world . It
is home to more than 2,000
species of fish and it pours as
much water into the Atlantic
Ocean in one day as the total
amount of water used in N e w
York City in 12 years.
Six days later, we arrived at our camp. Wc were very tired from
our journey and we all wen t to sleep immediately - everybody except
Professor Challenger. Late at night, I saw him walking around the
camp saying to himself, "I k n o w there's a way to go up! I k n o w
there's a way to go up!"
In the morning, I saw a very different Professor Challenger. He
was jumping up and down , very excited. " I ' v e got an idea! There 's a
way to the plateau!" he announced. Then, he pointed to a pinnacle
opposite the plateau. " W c must climb that pinnacle," he said. We
looked up at it. It was quite high, but it was possible to climb it wi th
ropes. However , there was another problem. There was a huge abyss
between the pinnacle and the plateau.
We must climb that pinnacle," Professor Challenger said.
"But how wi l l we cross the abyss? I don't think . . . " Lord Roxton
started to say, but Challenger stopped him.
"Please don't think, sir. Just do as I say," said the professor. He
looked very serious.
We fol lowed Challenger's instructions, each carrying a rifle on our
backs. Zamba accompanied us. It wasn' t an easy climb and in some
parts it was necessary to use ropes. In the afternoon, we arrived at
the top of the pinnacle. I looked around at the beautiful panorama
of the A m a z o n . On one side, I saw our p a t h in the forest, along the
i iver. On the other side I saw the huge plateau. We were n o w only
about 12 metres from it. But the huge abyss separated us.
" H o w can we cross this abyss?" asked Lord Roxton, again.
Challenger smiled at us. He was very happy wi th himself and his
plan. "Last night," he said, "you all thought that our problem had
no solution. Wel l , I didn't . There's a solution to every problem. A l l
you need is determination and intelligence. A n d I 've got both, my
friends. My solution is this tree." He pointed to a tall tree next to us.
We looked at the tree. We didn't understand.
" A n d h o w wi l l this tree help us?" Summerlee asked, angrily.
"It can't help us if it's standing. But if we cut it d o w n . . . "
t hallcnger started to say.
"... it'll make a bridge!" Lord Roxton completed his sentence.
"Exactly," said Challenger wi th satisfaction. "This tree is about 18
met res tall - long enough to cross the abyss. N o w , our friend Edward
is young and strong. Wi th your help, he can cut the tree. It wil l fall
u loss the abyss and we ' l l have a bridge to the plateau!"
"A bridge to the plateau! That's a brilliant idea!" exclaimed
Summerlee. "You ' re a genius, Challenger!"
"Ihank you," said Challenger, and his face became red.
lord Roxton and I immediately began to cut the tree wi th
ha tche t s . Then we all pushed it towards the plateau and it fell across
l he abyss wi th a loud crash. We looked at the long bridge and started
lo cross it, wi th our rifles and some provisions on our backs. Zamba
stayed at the pinnacle wi th the rest of our provisions and kept guard.
I he huge abyss was just be low us.
We tried not to look d o w n and, one by one, we arrived at the plateau
on the other side of the bridge. There we were , four men in the Lost
World of Maple Whi t e . It was a great momen t in my life.
One by one, we arrived at the plateau.
We were just starting to walk into the forest of the plateau w h e n
a catastrophe happened. We heard a terrible noise behind us and
something fell and crashed into the abyss. We ran to the side of the
plateau and saw the broken tree at the bot tom of the abyss. That was
the end of our bridge! We looked at each other, shocked. Zamba was
n o w our last contact wi th civilization. There was no way back. We
were prisoners in the Lost Wor ld !
" W e l l , we can't return now. We must continue," said Challenger.
I looked in front of us into the forest. "What ' s in there?" I asked
myself. I was afraid. But I was also excited. There was something
mysterious about this plateau and I wanted to discover it, danger or
We made a camp and then decided to explore the plateau. We
started to walk along a small river. Suddenly, Lord Roxton pointed to
an enormous footprint. It looked like a bird's foot, but it was much
bigger than any bird we knew.
"This footprint is r ecen t . . . " Lord Roxton began to say, but suddenly
he stopped talking. We all heard a noise. It was coming from the
trees and we looked in the direction of the noise. We couldn't believe
'This footprint is recent..." Lord Roxton began to say.
i i ' We saw t w o enormous creatures. They were dinosaurs and they
• • i«' taller than some of the trees. They looked like giant kangaroos
nil dinosaur heads and long, thick tails. They were standing on two
• and pulling branches f rom the trees w i t h their t w o small hands.
• were fascinated and we couldn't move .
i m.illy, the dinosaurs left. I turned to look at my friends. The
l v " professors were standing wi th their mouths open and a look of
in pi ise on their faces. Lord Roxton held his rifle, ready for action.
"What were they?" he asked.
"Iguanodons," answered Challenger.
"Wha t wil l people in England say about this?" Summerlee asked.
"They ' l l say you're crazy," said Challenger. "You and the others
said that about me ."
"But we can take photos to prove we really saw these creatures,"
" 'False photos, dear professor - all false!' wil l be their response,"
Wc continued walking through the forest until we saw a line
of rocks. A strange noise was coming from behind the rocks, and
there was a terrible smell. We looked at each other. We knew it was
dangerous, but we w e r e curious. Quietly, we climbed the rocks and
looked over the top. We saw something very strange there. I'll never
forget it. Be low us was an enormous hole in the ground. Inside the
hole was a pool of dirty green water full of pterodactyls. The females
were sitting on enormous yel low eggs. Babies were mov ing their
The water was full of pterodactyls.
wings up and d o w n and making sounds like snakes. The males sat
on rocks, watching wi th their frightening red eyes.
Suddenly, one of the males saw us and flew into the air wi th a loud
cry. Soon, all the males were flying in a circle above us. They flew
lower and lower until we could feel the movement from their wings .
We started to run, but the pterodactyls attacked us wi th their beaks.
Summerlee shouted and put a hand on his face. There was blood all
over it. Suddenly, I felt something sharp on my neck. "Ouch!" I cried
in pain. I looked around me, shocked, and saw Challenger falling to
i he ground. I tried to lift him but another pterodactyl attacked me
.mil I fell. Just then, I heard the sound of Lord Roxton's rifle and
.1 pterodactyl fell from the sky. The other pterodactyls f lew higher,
frightened by the sound.
" N o w ! " Lord Roxton cried. "Run to the trees!"
We turned back and ran. The pterodactyls couldn't attack us
because their wings were too big to fly be tween the trees. We had
protection - for now. We walked to our camp slowly, tired and
i overed in blood.
"Wel l , things can pjily improve," I thought to myself. But I was
wrong. We returned to our camp and we found it in disorder. Our
i' »id wasn't there and our provisions were all over the ground.
W h o , or what , did this?" asked Challenger. "I t looks like it was
i very strong creature." Frightened, we looked around us with a
l ic l ing that many eyes were watching us - and not human eyes!
lli.it night, whi le we were tidying the camp, Lord Roxton came
in i.ilk to me. "Did you notice anything unusual about the ground
nmind the pool of pterodactyls?" he asked me.
"II was a bit blue," I answered.
I xactly. A volcanic tube of blue earth," he declared.
And what exactly does that mean?" I asked, curiously,
i )li, nothing," answered Lord Roxton very casually, and he got up
mil went to bed.
1 Use the words below to complete Edward's diary.
bridge prisoners across pain separated footprint blood dangers
Yesterday, We crossed a huge abyss. The
abyss i a high pinnacle
from a plateau.. I cut down a tree to make.
4 2- We, walked slowly
3 the, tree to the plateau. After
We reached the plateau, the tree broke and fell
to the bottom of the abyss. We had. no way
to return. We Were 4 on
Soon, we saw an enormous 5
in the ground. I Was afraid. I was sure there were
many <o on the plateau. We
continued walking and suddenly, We saw hundreds
of pterodactyls. The creatures attacked us. I fit
a terrible 7 ! in my neck and
Summerlee had 8 on his face.
/Vhen lava cools on the outside but stays hot on the inside, it can
b rm a tube. Sometimes diamonds from deep within the Earth
:ome to the surface through these lava tubes. Blue earth can be a
clue that there are lava tubes - and possibly diamonds - nearby.
2 Put the sentences in the order they happened in the story.
I a. Zamba stayed on the pinnacle.
J b. The four men heard a strange noise and there was a terrible smell.
_J c. Everybody was surprised to see t w o dinosaurs; they looked like
_J d. Professor Challenger thought of a solution to cross the abyss.
J e. Lord Roxton spoke to Edward about the blue ground around the
water near the pterodactyls.
—I f. Edward felt there was something mysterious about the plateau
and he wanted to discover it.
5 Answer the questions. Wri te the answers in your notebook.
1. In Professor Challenger's opinion, what do you need in order to find a
solution to a problem?
2. What catastrophe happened after the men crossed into the Lost Wor ld?
3. H o w did the explorers escape from the pterodactyls?
4. What bad surprise did the men find after they returned to their camp?
5. What does the dinosaur in the picture be low look like? Describe it.
The next morning, we discovered that the pterodactyls' bites were
poisonous. My neck was red and inflamed, and Summerlee 's face
was too. We both had very high temperatures. Luckily, Lord Roxton
had some medicine wi th him, so we took it and rested. We stayed
near our camp all day and put big branches around it for protection.
That night, another frightening thing happened. We were sleeping
around the fire. Suddenly, we heard a terrible scream. It was loud
and full of agony. It hurt our ears and tormented us. Then we heard
another sound - a ferocious cry. The screams and cries continued for
a few minutes. Then they stopped and there was a horrible silence.
"What was that?" I whispered.
"A prehistoric tragedy," said Challenger. "A big dinosaur was
killing a smaller one." Then he whispered, "Shh!"
We listened in the darkness and heard the sound of footsteps
near us. Something was walking around our camp. Then, it stopped
on the other side of the branches and we could hear it breathing
loudly. The only thing between us and the creature was the branches
around our camp. Then, in the darkness, I saw a grotesque creature.
It looked like a giant frog wi th ferocious green eyes and sharp teeth.
There was blood all over its mouth. It came closer to us.
" I f it crosses the branches into our camp, we ' r e dead," said Lord
Roxton. " I ' v e got an idea. Wai t here." Lord Roxton took a stick and
lit it in the fire. Then he jumped over the branches and pushed the
burning stick into the creature's face. The creature screamed and
The fol lowing day, we discovered pools of blood all over the place
and pieces of meat from the victim's body. The two professors
examined the marks on the meat and we all looked in horror at the
terrible scene of death.
" W h a t do you think the attacker was?" I asked Professor
Lord Roxton took a stick and lit it in the fire.
"1 can't be sure," answered the professor. " M a y b e it was a
i . 1 1 nivorous dinosaur like a velociraptor."
"I don't want to stay here," Summerlee declared. " W e must leave
You surprise me, professor," said Challenger. "You ' re a man of
'•' K l l c e a n d t h i s i s prehistoric land - don't you want t o learn more
about this place before you leave?"
summerlee shook his head. " I f we die here, the wor ld wil l never
l now about our incredible scientific discoveries," he said.
We thought about that.
Summerlee is correct," said Lord Roxton. "But before we leave,
l< i s make a map of the plateau."
I l o w can we see the entire area and draw a map of it?" Summerlee
isked. "The plateau is full of thick forests. We can't see the land
H o u n d us."
I looked at the tall trees in the area. Suddenly, I had an idea. "If I
cl imb up this tree, I can see all around," I answered.
Challenger smiled happily and said, "Wonderfu l idea, Edward!"
I quickly started to cl imb the tree. After a few minutes, I heard a
noise behind me! I looked back and almost fell in surprise. A face
was looking at me! The face was
hall-human, half-ape. It had a flat
nose, long, sharp teeth and hairs
on its chin. There was malice in its
eyes. Then suddenly, it disappeared
between the branches.
"Did you see that?" I shouted to
my friends. But they were too far
d o w n to hear. I continued cl imbing
until I arrived at the top. I had a
wonderful panoramic v i e w from up
there. The entire plateau was be low ,
The face was half-human, half-ape.
me, wi th an enormous lake in the
centre. I could see iguanadons near the lake. I also saw the line of
rocks at the border of the forest, and I knew that was the hole filled
wi th the pterodactyls. I d rew a map of the area and then climbed
d o w n the tree. I shook hands with my companions, and Challenger
said, " W e l l done, my friend. You're an intelligent young man. N o w
w e ' v e got a map, and it'll be easier to find a way to go out of here."
Back at the camp, we looked at the map and decided on names for
the different areas.
"Wha t should we call the lake?" asked Challenger. "Edward, you
should choose a name, because you saw it first."
" O K , " I said. "Let 's call it Lake Gladys."
"Lake Gladys? Don't you think Central Lake is better?" asked Lord
" N o , I prefer Lake Gladys," I insisted, and my face became red.
Challenger looked at me and shook his head. "Boys wil l be boys,"
he said. " A l l right, let it be Lake Gladys."
I hat night, I couldn't sleep. " M a y b e I can explore the lake before
we leave," I thought. "Then I'll be the only person to visit the lake.
I'll be famous." I remembered Gladys' words, "I want to marry a
i i . in of adventure, a famous man - a great hero!" I wanted to be a
hero lor her. So I started to walk towards the lake. At first, I wasn' t
i l l . i i d . But then I heard the sound of animals in the darkness around
i i r and I didn't feel brave at all! The forest was thick and I couldn't
r in front of me . Suddenly, I heard the sound of wings . They were
moving up and d o w n and I saw a pterodactyl in the sky. I quickly hid
iween the bushes and stayed there until it disappeared. " M a y b e
11 lis wasn't a good idea after all ," I thought to myself. But it was too
i i r to return. Real heroes didn't do that! So I continued walking.
I arrived at the lake at 1.00 am. My mouth was dry and I was
thirsty. I drank some water from the lake. Then I sat on a high rock
and saw some cliffs in the distance. There were caves on the side of
the cliffs. I looked again and saw fire in the caves!
"Only humans can make fire, so it means there are humans living
on this strange plateau!" I thought. This was great news to tell my
1 stayed near the lake for a long time. It was beautiful in the light
of the full moon. At 3.00 am, I decided to return to our camp. I
started to walk beside the small river. I heard a loud cry behind me.
I walked faster, but the sound became louder and louder. Something
was fol lowing me. I remembered the monstrous frog with the mouth
full of blood, and the terrible screams from the night before. I heard
another cry and I started to panic. 1 turned and looked behind-me.
At first, I couldn't see anything. Then suddenly, I saw it! A huge
creature was moving quickly towards me. It had small arms and
many long, sharp teeth. It was a Tyrannosaurus Rex. This dinosaur
was a ferocious hunter - and I was going to be its next vict im! I ran
and ran and didn't stop. Finally, I couldn't run any more and I fell to
the ground. Everything was quiet. " W h e w ! The dinosaur isn't here,"
Suddenly, there was a loud crash through the trees and the
dinosaur jumped at me. I saw the creature's frightening eyes and
teeth in the light of the moon. I screamed and tried to escape. Then,
there was a crash and I was falling, falling, falling. After that, there
was only darkness and I lost consciousness.
I w o k e up and I was lying at the bot tom of a deep hole in the
ground. I remember the horrible smell of a dead body. I moved my
hands around in the darkness and felt something hard. It was the
enormous bone of a dead dinosaur. Suddenly, I understood. This hole
was a human trap. No animal could make a trap like this. The fires
in the caves proved that humans lived here. They made traps to fight
ilk' terrible dinosaurs o n the plateau. Even here, in the l o s t W o r l d ,
humans were in control. Very quietly, I climbed out of the hole. It
was early morning. I looked around for my adversary, but it wasn' t
there. I started walking to our camp and I heard the distant sound
of a rifle. "Oh, no," I thought. "I hope my friends aren't in danger."
I ran through the forest until I arrived at our camp. And then I got a
terrible shock. Our provisions were all over the ground. I ran around
our camp calling to my friends, but they weren ' t there. " M a y b e the
sound of the rifle was from one of them," I thought. Finally, I sat
d o w n and put my head in my hands. " W h e r e are my companions?
A r e they alive or dead?" I asked myself. " H o w long can I stay alive if
I am alone in the Lost W o r l d ? "
•Where are my companions? Are they alive or dead?" I asked myself.
1 Choose the correct word to complete each sentence.
1. W c usually travelled in the early / thirsty hours of the morning.
2. 1 arrived at the body / scene o f the accident.
3. Suddenly, w c heard a loud meat / scream.
4. The half-human face had hairs on its malice / chin.
5. There was a wonderful panoramic view / consciousness.
6. M y mouth was dry / flat and I wanted to drink.
2 Find six words in the puzzle.
n a 1 i v e w c
z 1 u m w 0 b a
1 0 r u e m c X
i n s t i f s r
t e m 0 r g i m
s t i c k P d b
i n f 1 a in e d
Correct the mistakes in these sentences.
1. Challenger's neck was inflamed and he had a high temperature.
2. Whi l e cl imbing the tree, Edward saw a half-ape, half-dinosaur face.
3. Edward chose Central Lake for the name of the lake.
4. Edward walked to the lake at night because he wanted to be a hero for
5. After Edward fell into the enormous hole, he understood apes were in
control of the Lost Wor ld .
I Answer the questions. Wri te the answers in your notebook.
H o w did Lord Roxton make the grotesque creature wi th
green eyes and sharp teeth go away?
What did Summcrlee say to Challenger to
convince h im the four men must leave the
W h y was it a problem for the men to make a
map of the plateau?
H o w did Edward help make the map?
Whi l e Edward was sitting by the lake at
night, what did he see in the caves in the
Edward got a terrible shock after he
returned to camp. What was it?
Archeologists discovered a cave in the Amazon rainforest called La
Caverna da Pedra Pintada. People called Paleoindians lived in this
cave more than I 1,000 years ago.They built fires, ate fish and fruit,
used tools and painted pictures on the walls of the cave.
I sdi near the fire and thought, " I f my friends and I die here, it
mustn't be lor nothing. The world must know about our incredible
discoveries. Then at least we ' l l die as famous heroes."
I started to wri te a letter to my boss, Mr McArd lc . The letter
explained everything, from our arrival until that terrible morning. In
the letter, I asked Mr McArd lc to publish my story in the newspaper.
I finished it and it was dark outside. I attached the letter to a rope
and threw the other end of the rope to Zamba. He pulled it across
the abyss. I gave him instructions to take it to the nearest village
and send it wi th a messenger to one of the ships to England. Then I
went to sleep.
In the middle of the night, I felt something on my back. It was Lord
Roxton's hand. He looked terrible. His face was covered in blood, his
clothes were dirty and he looked frightened. "Quick!" he shouted.
"Get the rifles! We need rifles to fight them!" Then he ran into the
forest. I took the rifles and fol lowed him. "Fight w h o ? " I asked.
"The ape-people," he answered. "They attacked us yesterday
morning. They captured us and took us to their vi l lage. There w e r e
other prisoners there - small Indian men. I escaped and then ran
here to get the rifles. Come on, we must save the others!"
We continued running through the forest until we arrived at the
ape-people's vi l lage. A big group of ape-people was standing near the
cliff. Next to them w e r e the prisoners. I saw the t w o professors there,
wi th ropes around their arms and legs. The ape-people took one of
the prisoners, a small Indian man, and threw him over the side of
the cliff. The poor Indian fell wi th a scream and died immediately.
The ape-pcople laughed and applauded. Then they decided to kill
another prisoner. This t ime they took Summerlee to the cliff. Just
then, I heard Lord Roxton's rifle and the king of the ape-people fell
to the ground, dead.
"Come on, Edward. Shoot them all!" Lord Roxton shouted. We
shot at the group of ape-people. Some of them fell, dead. The others
screamed and ran away. We cut the ropes around the t w o professors'
arms and legs and then we all ran to the camp.
The Indian prisoners fo l lowed us and stood quietly outside our
camp. One of them was a young man. He looked tired and afraid.
" W e must help them go home," I said.
"But where do they l ive?" asked Challenger.
"I think I know," I said. "I was at the lake last night and I saw fire
in the caves. I 'm sure they live there."
The next morning we walked in the direction of the lake. We
arrived there and saw many Indians in canoes coming towards
us. One of them was the Indian chief. He saw the young Indian
man wi th us, and he ran to him and embraced him. "Motosawi ,
Motosawi ," he repeated again and again. Motosawi was the chief's
• m, and his father was happy to see him alive. Mo tosawi spoke to the
liter Indians for a long time. We didn't understand their language,
i i i i it was obvious he was telling them about the ape-people and the
r escue. He finished speaking and the Indians shouted and waved
Lr spears in the air. They were ready to fight the
ooked at us and we nodded. We were ready to help them fight!
The Indians were ready to fight the ape-people.
The next day, there was a terrible battle be tween the Indians and
the ape-people. We stood beside the Indians and tried to help them.
First, the ape-people attacked in an open area. They were s low and
their weapons were primitive. The Indians w e r e quick to react. They
shot arrows in every direction and killed many ape-people.
Then we went into the forest and the ape-people surprised us. They
hid in the trees and attacked from above. The ape-people killed many
Indians, but my companions and I fired our rifles and one by one, the
ape-people fell from the trees. Soon, they were all dead and the battle
was finished. But another battle was wai l ing lor us - we still needed
to find a way out of the Lost Wor ld !
First, we made a new camp be low the Indian caves. The openings
to their caves were high in the cliffs, wi th narrow steps to get to
them. The Indians were safe there because a dinosaur couldn't
possibly enter the caves. But they weren ' t safe outside their caves.
One night, some Indians were walk ing to their caves. Suddenly,
t w o ferocious dinosaurs attacked and killed six of them. But the rest
of the Indians in the caves shot them wi th poisoned arrows.
Alter that, the days passed quickly. We discovered some wonderful
creatures and spent many hours observing the unusual flora and
fauna on this extraordinary plateau. But we weren' t closer to our
objective and one thing was clear: the Indians were our friends,
but they didn't want to help us leave the Lost Wor ld . They probably
believed we brought them good luck.
" M a y b e the Indians are trying to keep us here," said Lord Roxton.
"In their eyes, we ' re heroes and they feel sale with us here."
We weren' t happy, but only Motosawi understood this. We saved
h im from the ape-people and n o w he wanted to help us.
One night, Motosawi came to our camp. He gave me a big leaf
with some marks on it. The young man pointed to the caves above
us and then left.
We looked at the marks on the leaf. "Wha t does this mean?" asked
"Look!" exclaimed Lord Roxton. "These marks correspond to the
number of caves. I 'm almost sure this is a kind of map."
" Y e s , " I said. " A n d there's a cross to mark one of the caves."
"I think Motosawi is showing us the exi t ," answered Challenger,
excitedly. " H e understands we must return to our wor ld . "
T w o hours later, our bags were on our backs and we were ready
to leave. Challenger's bag was very heavy, but he didn't let anybody
help him carry it. I was sure there was something secret inside.
W e i limbed up to the cave and heard our last sound From the Lost
World - the cry of a dinosaur in the forest. We looked back one last
nine at the plateau. It was a terrible and dangerous place, but also
very beautiful, and a part of me was sad.
We fol lowed the cave to the bot tom of the cliffs. In the distance,
wc saw a camp at the base of the pinnacle. "Zamba," we called, and
we waved our arms excitedly in the air. Zamba was very happy to
re us. He came to help us carry our possessions and we started our
N uirney home.
Our return journey to London was relatively easy. In London,
everybody knew about our story from the Daily Gazette. We decided
to have a meet ing at the Zoological Institute to talk about our
adventures. Hundreds of famous professors and scientists from all
over the world were present. Everybody wanted to hear our story.
Summerlee stood and began to speak. "Last year, in this hall,
Professor Challenger spoke about dinosaurs. I called him a liar.
But I was wrong ." Summerlee spoke for a long time. He told the
people about our journey, our incredible discovery of dinosaurs, our
battle wi th the ape-people and finally, our escape. He finished and
everybody was quiet. Then a man stood and spoke. " M a y b e you're all
lying because you want to be famous!"
"Yes , show us proof," said another man.
" W e won ' t believe you if you haven't got any proof," declared
" S h o w us proof!" everybody began to shout.
Challenger stood and spoke. "I can show you photos," he said.
"Photos can be false!" the man said. " W e want something real!"
"You mean you want to see a real live dinosaur?" Challenger asked.
"Yes , yes!" the man laughed. " S h o w us a real live dinosaur."
Everybody laughed at this absurd idea. Challenger laughed too.
Then he stopped. He went to the back of the platform, lifted his heavy
bag and opened it. We heard a loud noise similar to the sound of a
snake. Then a small, horrible creature came out. It had long wings ,
red eyes and a beak full of sharp teeth. It was a baby pterodactyl!
Everybody looked at the creature, shocked. They couldn't believe
it! Then somebody screamed. The noise frightened the pterodactyl
and it jumped. Challenger tried to catch the pterodactyl but it f lew
into the air and around the hall. Everybody started to shout. People
were running, trying to get out of the hall. The pterodactyl became
more and more afraid. It Hew faster and taster, trying to litul a way
Challenger tried to catch the pterodactyl but it flew into the air.
"Close the w i n d o w s ! " Challenger shouted. But it was too late. He
watched in horror as the pterodactyl found an open w i n d o w and flew
out. Everybody applauded and shouted excitedly. N o w they knew
our incredible story was true! They took me and my companions
on their shoulders and carried us outside. The streets filled wi th
thousands of people. Al l day, they carried us like heroes through the
streets of London.
The- next day, I decided to visit Gladys. She was sitting in a chair in
the living room. I took her hands in mine, "Oh! You're still my sweet
Gladys Hungerton!" I said.
She looked at me, surprised. " N o , I 'm not," she said. " I ' m now
Gladys Potts. Let me introduce you to my husband, Wi l l i am Potts."
I shook hands wi th her new husband. He spoke to me but I wasn' t
listening. Finally, I excused myself and walked to the door. But then
I turned. I wanted to know something very important. "Excuse me,
Mr Potts," I said. "Please tell me , h o w did you do it? H o w did you
w i n Gladys ' heart?"
"Wha t do you mean?" he asked.
"What is your profession?" I asked him.
" I ' m a clerk," he answered.
"I see. Thank you," I answered and then ran out. A clerk - nothing
more! He wasn' t a famous man. He wasn' t a hero! I wanted to laugh
and cry at the same time. I wanted to ask her: " W h y not me?" But
it wasn' t important now. At that moment , I decided to change the
name of the lake from "Lake Gladys" to "Central Lake".
That night, Lord Roxton invited me and the t w o professors for
dinner at his house. " I ' v e got something important to tell you, my
friends," he said "I found some interesting io< ks by the pterodactyl
pool I didn't irll you about ihcirl het.iiisc I wasn't sine ol iheir
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Then, he turned to look at I 'nileMOl • hiilli IIM ' • ' •" 1 lirtllrnger,
wh.ii will you do with yum mom \ ' In | | | H <l
"I ilniik I'll build a pilx.ilc limit inn tn . iw H .1 I lul l , H M - I
"And you, Suii i ini ' i Iff '" axkeil I o id Mii»lmi
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answered Suiuinei I f f
Lord Roxton took a small box and opened it
"I ' l l use my money for another, bigger expedit ion to the plateau,"
We w e r e all surprised. But we also understood. There was
something magnetic about the mysterious plateau.
" A n d you, Edward, you probably want to use your money to get
married, right?" Roxton asked me.
" N o , not yet ," I answered wi th a smile. I had another plan. "Lord
Roxton," I announced, " i f you're returning to the plateau, I 'm going
wi th you!"
1 Match the words in A to their definitions in B.
1. captured a. seeing, watching, perceiving
2. exit b. ambit ion
3. observing c. to print newspapers or books
4. objective d. took someone as a prisoner
5. messenger e. a way out of a place
6. publish f. this person carries news or information
2 Use the letters in the canoes to make words. Then complete the sentences below with the words.
a. The Indians waved their in the air.
b. The Indians were quick to to the attack of the
c. We admired the flora and fauna in this plateau.
d. His dream was to a large, new museum.
Stone-age people invented the b o w and arrow more than 25,000
years ago, as prehistoric cave drawings show. Some scientists
believe that a 61,000-year-old arrow found in South Africa proves
that hunters have used arrows for much longer.
• M M
3 Complete the sentences with the characters below.
1. Lord Roxton shot the king of the ape-people to stop them
before they threw over the cliff.
2 wro te a letter about the adventures in the
Lost Wor ld and sent it to Mr M c A r d l e in London.
3. The Indians didn't want the group to leave, but
made a map showing them the exit.
4. Edward was sun? had something secret
inside his big, heavy bag.
5 married Wi l l i am Potts whi le Edward was in
4 Answer the questions. Write the answers in your notebook.
1. Wha t did Lord Roxton do after he escaped from the
2. H o w did Edward feel about leaving the plateau?
3. What happened after Challenger opened the bag to show the
baby pterodactyl to the people at the Zoological Institute?
4. Lord Roxton invited the two professors and Edward to
dinner. What important information did he tell them?
5. What did Professor Challenger plan to do wi th his share
of the money?
abyss abismo abisme
argue discutir discutir
battle batalla batalla
bit mordieron van mossegar, van picar
bites mordeduras mossegades, picades
border margen frontera, límit
boss jefe cap
branches ramas branques
brave valiente valent
bushes arbustos arbusts
c a m p campamento campament
cave cueva cova
chief jefe cap
clerk contable comptable
complaint queja qucixa
crash estrépito estrèpit, tcrrabastall
crashed se estrelló es va estavellar, va xocar
darkness oscuridad foscor
deep profunda profunda
didn't mean no significaban no significaven
earth tierra térra
embraced abrazó va abracar
fair justo just
females hembras femelles
footsteps pasos liasses
frog rana granota
half-ape medio m o n o mig mico
hatchets hachas destrals
hill colina turó
hole agujero forat
hunter cazador caçador
injured herido ferit
abyss amildcgi abismo
argue eztabaidatu rifar
battle borroka batalla
bit ziztatu / hozkatu gintuztcn trabaron
bites ziztadak, hozkadak trabadas, dentadas
border ertz, muga marxe
boss nagusi xefe
branches adarrak polas
brave ausart valente
bushes zuhaixkak arbustos
c a m p kanpamendu campamento
cave haitzulo cova
chief buruzagi xefe
clerk kontulari contábel
complaint kexu qucixa
crash danbatcko estrondo
crashed -en kontra jo zuen esnaquizouse
darkness iluntasun escuridade
deep sakon profunda, fonda
didn't mean ez zuten esanahirik non significaban
earth lur térra
embraced besarkatu zuen abrazou
fair bidczko xusto
females emeak femias
footsteps oinkadak pasos
frog igel ra
half-ape erdi tx imino medio m o n o
hatchets aizkorak machados
hill muino outeiro
hole zulo burato
hunter ehiztari cazador
injured zauritua ferido
interview entrevistar entrevistar
journey viaje viatge
leaf hoja lolla
lecture conferencia conferencia
liar mentiroso mentider
looked like parecía semblava
males machos máseles
narrow estrecho estret
nodded asentí vaig assentir
none ninguno cap
path camino, sendero carni, senda
plateau meseta altiplà
pointing to señalando asscnyalant
poisonous venenosas verinoses
pool charco toll, bassal
proof pruebas proves
pushed empujamos vam empènyer
request petición petició
rescue rescate rescat
rested descansamos vam descansar
ropes cuerdas cordes
rubbish tonterías baja nades
sadly tristemente tristament
shook hands with di la mano a vaig donar la mà a
shook his head negó con la cabeza va dir que no amb e
shot disparé vaig disparar
steps escalones esglaons
there was a knock
on the door llamaron a la puerta van picar a la porta
thick pobladas gruixudcs
shook hands with
shook his head
there was a knock
on the door
buruarekin baietsi nuen
ino r (k ) ez
atseden hartu genuen
eskua eman nion
tiro egin nion
atea jo zuten
sinalando, a sinalar
p r o b a s
dei a man a
negou coa cabeza
petaron na porta
^ CROSS-CURRICULAR FOCUS
Pterodactyls weren ' t really dinosaurs. They were
reptiles wi th wings . The name "pterodactyl" means
"winged fingers". All pterodactyls could fly. They had
long necks and heads, small bodies and some had
short tails and fur. These strange flying reptiles lived
next to lakes. They ate fish, insects and dead animals.
Stegosaurus dinosaurs l ived about 150 mill ion years
ago. They were up to nine metres long and they had
small heads. They also had very small brains, so they
weren ' t very intelligent. Their back legs were twice
as long as the front ones. Their tails were strong and
sharp and they used them for protection. They only
ate plants. Three men discovered an almost intact
stegosaurus in Colorado, U S A . They named it Spike
T Y R A N N O S A U R U S REX
Tyrannosaurus rex (T. rex) means "tyrant lizard king" .
T. rex was one of the biggest of the dinosaurs and g r e w
up to six metres tall. That's almost the size of a house!! It
walked on two legs and could run up to 15 kilometres an
hour. It had a very big head wi th long, sharp teeth, small
arms and a thin tail. Scientists found some T. rex teeth u
to 33 centimetres long. The dinosaur could cat up to 230
kilograms of meat and bones in one bite!
colas pelo cerebros puntiagudas;
cues pel cervells punxegudes;
buztanak, isa ile garunak zorrotzak
1 Help the T. rex choose the correct answers.
1. Pterodactyls lived near a
2. Pterodactyls ate
3. The stegosaurus had a sharp
4. The stegosaurus only ate
5. Tyrannosaurus rex means "tyrant lizard
6. The T. rex had sharp
fish t ee th
The iguanodon was about 10 metres long and five
metres tall. It ate plants and it had a long tongue to
pull leaves from trees. The iguanodon moved slowly
so it was easy to catch. Unfortunately, it was T. rex's
favourite meal, so it was always in danger. It used a
sharp c law at the end of its finger for protection.
Vclociraptor means "fast thief". People gave it that
name because it could run up to 60 kilometres an
hour on two legs. It could probably jump, too. It
had a big brain and was one of the most intelligent
dinosaurs. Velociraptors ate meat and they had 80
very sharp teeth. They probably hunted in groups and
attacked very big animals.
Brachiosaurus was one of the tallest and largest
dinosaurs. It had a long neck and was about 16
metres tall, so it could eat leaves from the top
of trees. It had sharp teeth, a short, thick tail
and its nose was on the top of its head. Like the
stegosaurus, it had a small head and brain. The
brachiosaurus was unusual because its front legs
were longer than its back legs.
tongue lengua Mengua mini, mingain lingua claw garra игра atzapar pouta
thief ladrón lladre lapur ladrón
2 Read the sentences below. Then match A and B to make phrases and use them to complete the sentences.
1. Iguanadon was T. rex's
2. Vclociraptor had 80
3. The vclociraptor attacked
4. Brachiosaurus had a , like the stegosaurus.
5. Brachiosaurus had long
2. smal l
3 . big
b tee th
M I N I T A S K
Choose a dinosaur and find information about it on the Internet.
Then write a paragraph about it.