51. You are to write an email to James Cook, a newly-arrived Australian professor, recommending some tourist attraction in your city. Please give reasons for your recommendation.
Dear Prof. Cook,
52. Write an essay of 160-200 words based on the following pictures. In your essay, you should
1) describe the pictures briefly.
2) interpret the meaning, and
3) give your comments.
This set of pictures capture two vivid but quite different scenes. In one picture, a man is lying on the armchair, pointing to the bookshelf full of books in front of him. He is proudly bragging about the number of his books. By stark contrast, another man is sitting at his desk with a book open and a few books besides him. He wants to read twenty books this year. The major theme is humorously reflected in the subtitle: “I have books” and “I read books”.
In fact, the seemingly simple cartoons subtly disclose a prevailing phenomenon. Nowadays, fewer people read books and more people have books. Reading is of utmost importance for one’s life. Firstly, a good book is our faithful friend. Reading can increase our contentment when we are cheerful and happy, and can lessen our pain when we are sad or lonely. Secondly, reading can help people to relax and unwind. Few of us can travel far from home, but all of us can savor a wide range of experiences through reading. Besides, reading can also increase our knowledge and skills, broaden our horizons and make us wise.
To advocate the importance of reading books, the mass media should be held accountable. They should make relevant public campaign to promote the idea that one should read more books rather than have books. As the saying goes, “Action speaks louder than words”.