In the meantime, I’ve pulled something off gushi365.com.
The content of this story is for children, but the language is not beginner, and neither is the sentence structure – this is an intermediate read for sure. I say that because it feels very “fairy-tale” language-y, in the sense that sentences are formed in a more literary way, rather than in a chatty way, and there are some uncommonly-heard words, like “footprint” (脚印), etc. The tone of the story, on the other hand, is very tra-la-la, winter sparkly glitter magic.
Two quick notes on phrases here: 传来了 chuàn lái is an intermediate phrase that can be a little hard to understand, but it is used in reference to things we hear that come to us from afar. This may include voices (like hearing someone’s voice from outside your house), or noises, or smells, or a piece of news. You can use this to talk about sensations and things that come to you from no particular person or direction – from “afar” or “all around”.
掏出 tāo chū: this means to fish something out of something else. For example, to fish your phone out of your pocket, or to fish your sweatshirt out of your backpack.
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蒲公英 – pú gōng yīng – Dandelion
翩翩起舞 – piān piān qǐ wǔ – Lightly dance about
扭到脚了 – niǔ dào jiǎo le – Sprain / twist one’s foot / ankle
载歌载舞 – zài gē zài wǔ – Singing and dancing
自言自语- zì yán zì yǔ – Talk to yourself
说不定 – shuō bu dìng – Who can say… [that sthng won't happen]
奇迹 – qí jì – Miracle
活蹦乱跳 – huó bèng luàn tiào – Leap and frisk about
吵醒 – cháo xǐng – To be woken up by noise