Do What You Can

do what you canThis very short children’s story is about a raindrop. It sees a farmer having a bad day and decides to bring him a moment of happiness. Although published in a book of stories meant to be read to preschool children, the story has a powerful message for people of all ages… how a single act of kindness can sometimes make a big difference.

English Learner Vocabulary Help

The words and expressions in our Simplified English story which are not in our Beginner Level 400 word list are: , , , , and .

General Comments on the Story

for the children's hourOur source for the story was a book called For the Children’s Hour by American writer Carolyn Bailey. First published in 1915, it contains a collection of stories and rhymes for children under five. According to the book, the original author of “Do What You Can” is unknown. We haven’t been able to find a free e-book version of For the Children’s Hour, but you can read the whole book online on one of our favorite original story English reading websites, The Baldwin Project.

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