| For the Children's Hour|
|by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey|
|A choice collection of stories for the preschool child, carefully selected, adapted, and arranged by two veteran kindergarten teachers. Includes nature stories, holiday stories, fairy tales and fables, as well as stories of home life. Emphasis is placed on fanciful tales for their value in the training of the imagination and on cumulative tales for developing a child's sense of humor and appealing to his instinctive love of rhyme and jingle. Ages 4-7 |
DO WHAT YOU CAN
 THERE was once a farmer who had a large field of corn.
He harrowed it and weeded it with the greatest care,
for he wanted to sell the corn and buy good things for
his family with the money. But after he had worked
hard, he saw the corn wither and droop, for no rain
fell, and he began to fear that he was to have no crop.
He felt very sad, and every morning he went out to the
field and looked at the thirsty stalks and wished for
the rain to fall.
One day, as he stood looking up at the sky, two little
raindrops saw him, and one said to the other: "Look at
that farmer. I feel very sorry for him. He took such
pains with his field of corn, and now it is drying up.
I wish I might help him."
"Yes," said the other, "but you are only a little
raindrop. What can you do? You can't wet even one
"Well," said the first, "I know, to be sure, I cannot
do much; but perhaps I can cheer the farmer a little,
and I am going to do my best. I'll go to the field to
show my good will, if I can't do anything more. Here I
The first raindrop had no sooner started for the field
than the second one said:
 "Well, if you really insist upon going, I think I
will go, too. Here I come!" And down went the
raindrops. One came—pat—on the farmer's nose,
and one fell on a thirsty stalk of corn.
"Dear me," said the farmer, "what's that? A raindrop!
Where did it come from? I do believe we shall have a shower."
By this time a great many raindrops
had come together to see what all the
commotion was about. When they saw the two kind little
drops going down to cheer the farmer, and water his
corn, one said:
"If you two are going on such a good errand, I'll go,
too!" And down he came. "And I!" said another. "And
I!" And so said they all, until a whole shower came
and the corn was watered. Then the corn grew and
ripened—all because one little raindrop tried to do
what it could.
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