This 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
General Comments on the Story
Our 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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(n: nose pl noses) The part of the face or head through which a person or animal smells and breathes. 2000
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