Der Boon Text entstammt einem graded reader (Down the Big River),
der im zweiten Englischjahr am Gymnasium gelesen werden konnte.
Ich habe ihn gelegentlich benutzt, um grundlegende grammatische
Strukturen zu illustrieren. Nun gut, das ist nur halb-authentisches
Englisch, didaktisches Englisch eben, aber der didaktische Zweck
heiligt, denk ich, das Mittel.

Boon ist ein kleiner thailändischer Junge, der eines Tages in einem Boot
einschläft und den großen Fluß hinuntergetrieben wird. Ein alter Fischer
findet ihn.


                BOON TEXT

(1) When Boon woke up, he was still lying on the bottom of his
boat. (2) His clothes were wet and he was cold. (3) His boat was
not moving. (4) He could see only the sky. (5) It was blue, but
he could not see the sun.

(6) "It is dawn," he thought. "(7) Last night I couldn't go home.
(8) Now I'm lost. (9) Where am I?"

(10) Boon got up and looked over the side of the little boat.
(11) He saw that his boat was not on the river; it was on a bank
of sand, a little way from the water. (12) He turned his head and
saw another boat on the sand. (13) It was a lot bigger than his.
(14) It had a tall mast, a big rudder and an engine. (15) It was
made of thick, strong wood. (16) Boon read the name on the back
of the boat:  it was called the 'Wanderer'.

(17) An old man was sitting on the sand  with his back against
the big wooden boat. (18) He did not see Boon because he was
busy. (19) He was mending his fishing-net. (20) Near him, there
was a hole in the sand, and there was a small fire in it. (21)
Boon got out of his boat, walked to the fire and sat down near
it. (22) The fisherman did not look up.

(23) Next to the fire there were a pot  of hot rice and two
cooked fish. (24) Each fish was on a piece of banana-leaf. (25)
Boon was hungry and he wanted to ask the man many questions, but
he waited.

(26) He thought, "I'll ask the fisherman to help me. (27) I must
go home quickly to mother and father. (28) Perhaps they think
that I am hurt or ill. (29) I'm  very hungry. (30) How did I
reach this place safely? (31) What's the name of this place? (32)
And how far is it from my home?"

(33) Then Boon saw that there was an eye on the side of the
fisherman's boat,  near the front. (34) It was black and white.
(35) Boon stood up and walked around the boat. (36) There was an
eye on the other side too.

(37) "Why has the fisherman painted two eyes on the front of his
boat?" Boon thought. (38) He went back to the fire and sat down.


(39) Soon the old man finished mending his net. (40) He folded it
carefully and put it on his shoulder. (41) Then he looked up at
Boon. (42) The old man's eyes were black and bright like a young
man's eyes, but his hair was grey. (43) His arms were thick and
strong, and his skin was dark and lined like the wood of the boat
behind him.

(44) "What's your name?"

(45) "My name is Boon, sir," he said politely.

(46) "How old are you, Boon?"

(47) "I'm twelve years old."

(48) "Why did you come here?"

(49) "I didn't want to come here, sir," Boon answered. (50) "I'm

(51) Then he told the man everything. (52) "Now I'm lost because
I wanted to see the big ship", he said. "(53) When I'm a man,
I'll go on a big ship and see the  sea and islands and many
places. (54) I've never seen the sea."

(55) The old fisherman was smiling.

(56) "How did you find me?" Boon asked.

(57) "Today I want to go fishing a long  way from here," the old
man answered. (58) "So I got up before dawn. (59) When  I came
here, I found your boat near the bank. (60) You were asleep in
it. (61) I knew that you were very tired because when I spoke to
you, you did not wake up. (62) I pulled your boat on to the sand
and waited for you to wake up. (63) Why is there no oar in your

(64) "I think that I lost it when I fell asleep," Boon replied.
(65) "What's the name of this place?"

(66) "This place has no name," the old man answered, "I'm the
only person who lives  here. (67) It's a very small island."

(68) "An island?"

(69) "Yes." (70) The old fisherman smiled again. (71) "You can
see all of it later. (72) First we must eat."

(73) He stood up and went to the fire.

                             *  *  *

(74) Boon and the old man finished their food and pulled down the
sail. (75) Then the old man started the engine and the 'Wanderer'
began to move over the flat blue water. (76) Boon held the tiller
while the fisherman folded his net and his sail. (77) He tied
them to the deck and came back to hold the tiller.

(78) The boat moved fast towards the land. (79) Boon looked
around him. (80) He could see only the sea and the sky. (81)
Behind him, the sea and the sky were dark. (82) Above him, the
sun shone brightly. (83) In front of him was the land, but he
could not see it. (84) Then he saw a long row of coconut trees.

(85) The engine made a loud noise and stopped. (86) The old man
sat down next to it and looked at it. (87) He took out  parts of
the engine and looked at them. (88) The boat was still moving
slowly. (89) The old man looked up at Boon.

(90) "We can't use the engine now", he  said. (91) "A part of it
is broken. (92) We can't use the sail, because there isn't any
wind. (93) We must wait."

(94) The boat stopped moving. (95) It was very hot and quiet.
(96) Nothing moved. (97) Boon looked at the sky. (98) The dark
clouds were nearer. (99) A half of the sky was dark. (100) He saw
a bright light in the clouds. (101) It was lightning. (102) Then
he heard the thunder. (103) The boat did not move. (104) The
clouds moved nearer and covered the sun. (105) Then the wind

(106) At first, the wind was not strong. (107) The old fisherman
stood up and said,

"Perhaps this wind will push us home before the storm comes.
(108) Help me to put up the sail."

(109) They put it up and the 'Wanderer' started to move forward.
(110) The waves grew bigger and the wind grew stronger. (111) The
boat was moving fast. (112) The sky was dark grey and the sea was
dark green. (113) Big waves began to hit the boat, but it was
sailing quickly towards the land. (114) The old man held the
tiller with both of his hands. (115) He was watching the sail.

(116) The lightning made bright colours in the clouds and the
thunder was loud. (117) The wind and the sea hissed around the
boat. (118) The 'Wanderer' moved up and down quickly on the great
waves, and Boon held the tiller with both of his hands, too.
(119) Then the rain came.


(120) Boon heard the rain before it came. (121) It moved across
the sea and hissed when it hit the water. (122) He felt the first
drops of rain hit his back. (123) Soon all his body was wet and
he was cold. (124) The old man was still watching the sail. (125)
Then he shouted,

"This strong wind will tear the sail or break the mast if we
don't take the sail down. (126) We must take it down now."

(127) He took a piece of rope and tied the tiller so that it
could not move. (128) Then he and Boon went carefully to the mast
and began to pull the sail down. (129) Suddenly the wind blew
very strongly. (130) Boon was standing behind the sail, trying to
pull it down. (131) The wind hit the sail, the sail hit Boon, and
he fell over the side of the boat into  the sea!


(132) Boon went under the waves. (133) Then his head came above
the water. (134) He saw that the wind and the waves were pushing
the boat away from him. (135) The fisherman was tying the sail.
(136) He tried to shout, but a big wave fell on him. (137) Some
seawater went into his mouth and he went under the water again.
(138) When he came up the second time, he saw the old  man
standing on the deck. (139) The boat was moving quickly from side
to side and up and down; but the fisherman did not fall. (140) He
was holding his net and his mouth was moving, but Boon could not
hear his voice.

(141) He knew that the fisherman was getting ready to throw his
net. (142) Another wave fell on Boon. (143) The water hurt his
eyes and he was very cold. (144) When he saw the boat again, he
put one hand in the air. (145) The old man threw his  net. (146)
He could not throw it far, but the wind helped him. (147) The net
flew across the water and fell over Boon's head.

(148) Boon held it with both of his hands. (149) He saw that the
old man was tying the other end of the net to the mast. (150)
Then he started to pull his net. (151) Boon began to move towards
the side of the boat. (152) He reached the boat and then moved up
into the air.

(153) Boon thought, "He's old, but he's  very strong." (154) Then
Boon reached the deck. (155) The old man was sitting on it,
pulling the net. (156) He took Boon's hand and pulled him on to
the deck.

(157) The fisherman was breathing loudly. (158) Boon could see
that he was tired. (159) But he looked at Boon and laughed.

(160) "This is the biggest fish I have ever caught," he said.

Abbott, G.W. (1964), Down the Big River,
 (=Pattern Readers, Primary Level, Advanced Grade) ,
 London: Macmillan, pp. 18-21 and 38-42