In this version of paying it forward, one good deed leads to another as people in a multicultural neighborhood, including a Jewish family, change the life of the community.
About the Author
The author of over twenty children's books, Terri Fields has won numerous awards for her writing, including recognition from the American Library Association. She and her husband live in Arizona.
Deborah Melmon has been a freelance illustrator in the San Francisco Bay area for over 30 years. Among her many picture books are Picnic at Camp Shalom, Speak Up, Tommy, One Good Deed, and Chicken Soup, Chicken, Soup. Deborah lives with a comical Airedale Terrier named Mack.
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One Good Deed
By Terri Fields, Deborah Melmon
Kar-Ben PublishingCopyright © 2015 Terri Fields
All rights reserved.
But one day, as Jake climbed his mulberry tree to pick its ripe fruit, he saw old Mrs. Thompson outside her house next door.
Suddenly he had a thought he'd never thought before. I bet she's sad she can't climb trees. I could take her some of these delicious mulberries.
When Jake arrived, Mrs. Thompson was surprised. She was delighted. She had enough fruit to make two mulberry pies.
Then she had a thought she'd never thought before. I loved getting these mulberries. I bet Mr. Riley next door would like one of my pies.
When Mrs. Thompson arrived, Mr. Riley was surprised. Mr. Riley was delighted. As he ate the delicious pie, he looked out the window and watched the kids next door playing ball. Suddenly he saw the ball land on the roof of his garage.
Then he had a thought he'd never thought before. I bet I could help them. I could take my ladder and get their ball.
When Mr. Riley handed them back their ball, Jeffrey and Joshua were surprised. They were delighted. As they tossed it back and forth, they saw Mr. Lee hobbling on crutches to his front door.
Then they had a thought they'd never thought before. Mr. Lee can't rake the leaves in his yard. But we could!
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