Thursday, January 20, 2011

Beatrice's Goat

Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier has been in my stack to share from before Winter Break.  This book is based on a true story that takes place in eastern Africa.  Beatrice spends her day helping her mama take care of five children and chores around the hut home that they live in.  She dreams of going to school.  Unfortunately, she can't afford to go to school.  She needs money to buy books and a uniform.  Beatrice's mother is excited to share their family will receive a goat from people far away.  Beatrice doesn't understand how a goat is going to help her family.  Mama tells Beatrice, "It will be your job to take care of our goat.  If you do, it can bring wonderful things."  Beatrice works hard for many months helping her Mama and taking care of their goat.  Beatrice's goat delivers two kits.  Beatrice decides to sell some of the goats milk and Beatrice begins saving her money with ideas of helping her brothers and sisters only to discover after her Mama sells one of the kits she can attend school and continue her own education.  The realistic painted illustrations by Lori Lohstoeter really show a different life than in the United States.  Heifer International is an organization that helps people donate and provide animals to others.  This book is a great example of making a difference for ourselves and others.  Even though the holidays have passed, people and organizations need help year round.  Perhaps this book will help.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your comments about my book, Mandy. You might be interested to learn that I've also published three additional picture books for Heifer that are based on Heifer's work in China, Armenia, and the US. Each book ties in with a grade-level Global Education Resource kit for teachers that includes standards-based lessons and activities, DVD's, maps, and more. Best of all, it's FREE. Teachers can order books and kits from