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Roscoe Is a RAKsterYou Can Be One Too
By Janice E. Clark
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2010 Janice E. Clark
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Chapter OneRAK held the park gate open for a mother pushing a stroller.
"Why, thank you!" she said as she smiled at him.
RAK took out his notepad. He drew a tally mark beside the words thank you, and he also put one beside smile. Then he joined Nana, who was waiting for him on the green bench.
RAK had gotten his nickname from Nana. She had always said his initials - R. A. K. - meant "random acts of kindness." Whenever he helped someone, she called him a RAKster. She also said anyone could be a RAK.
an angel filled with joy,
or maybe a little girl,
wearing bows and curls.
A RAK could be quite tall,
and even very small,
or somewhere kind of in-between;
that would cover all.
Whoever RAK is, RAK does nice things to help out "just because."
One summer day while walking in the park, RAK saw a turtle on its back. He hurried over to help it onto its feet.
let me help you flip around.
There you go, my little friend,
free to travel home again.
RAK watched the turtle move forward as fast as it could. He wondered where it was going and what it would do when it got there. Did it have a mother? Or a father? Or a best friend?
RAK liked it when the autumn chill set in and leaves started falling from the trees. He would drag out a big rake and proceed to pull the leaves into a big pile.
and his rake is tall,
he helps pile leaves
when it is fall.
piled up high;
do you think
they'll reach the sky?
RAK keeps raking
to help out.
Will he jump in?
Without a doubt.
RAK helps out when winter comes, too. One chilly morning, he discovered that The snow had fallen overnight. RAK arose to see the sight.
and soon, he could not see the ground.
He grabbed his coat, and gloves, and hat,
and ran outside to make some tracks.
First a circle, then a square -
angels, pictures, everywhere!
Next, he helped Dad clear the walk.
It gave them both some time to talk.
And when they finished piling snow,
RAKs new fort was set to go!
He heard, "Thank you, RAK." Then he felt a big hug. He opened his notepad and drew a tally mark beside thank you and hugs.
RAK visits Nana often. He likes to help her water the plants inside the house.
from the sink
and gives each plant
a little drink.
Water and sunlight,
as you might know,
for plants to grow.
So RAK helps out
so he can see
the plants will be.
When the chore is done, he draws a tally mark beside thank you, smile and hugs. He shares a snack with Nana, and they plan what they will do next.
Sometimes RAK and Nana walk to the library. On the way, RAK obeys the rules at the crosswalk.
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