• Ballad of the Rag Man

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    CLOTHED IN BEAUTIFUL RAGS, the Rag Man collects cast-off items that others don’t find valuable. He collects them in heaps outside his home, walking through the streets of his little town with a cart. Nothing escapes his attention. To him, nothing is junk. A little girl watches the Rag Man from a distance as he takes her old, cast-off teddy bear, and she follows him to his mysterious shop, and wonders what will happen with her well-worn toy...
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  • The Rag Man Project

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    THE RAG MAN PROJECT offers you many opportunities, whether you want to teach children, help the homeless in your community or even create an inspirational video that helps others get involved. At The Rag Man Project, you'll find kits that include activities for parents and teachers to do with children - everything from crafts to volunteer ideas.
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  • About the Author

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    Cynthia Blomquist Gustavson was born in rural Minnesota to a jazz musician and a waitress in 1947. She is the author of five poetry collections, several poetry workbooks for therapists, and has published in numerous journals. She was educated at Gustavus Adolphus College, Boston University, Louisiana State University, United Seminary of the Twin Cities, and Oklahoma State University, and has taught at Northeastern State University in Tallequah, Oklahoma, and Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana, and has been an invited lecturer around the country.
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about the rag man PROJECT

The Rag Man Project is a site that helps readers of Cynthia Gustavson’s Ballad of the Rag Man put into practical use the ideas within that inspiring book.

In our lives, we will meet many people who are different from us. The Rag Man Project helps us embrace the things that make each of us unique – only then can we discover a wealth of new ideas that add to the overall experience of our lives.

This site offers you many opportunities to get involved in the movement of tolerance and acceptance which is taking place all over the country. Whether you want to teach children, help the homeless in your community or even create an inspirational video that helps others get involved, find out how you can use your time and talent to make an important difference in the lives of those around you.

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Watch an Introduction to the Rag Man Kits for Parents and Teachers

The Rag Man Project offers free “kits” that include activities for parents and teachers to do with children – everything from crafts to volunteer ideas.

Select from the Parent or Teacher options, and you’ll be able to view and save PDFs that include everything you need to get the most out of Ballad of the Rag Man with the children in your life!

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