Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter lesson
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Beatrice's Goat is
a moving picture book
tells the story of how the lives of one poor family in Africa were
dramatically improved by the simple gift of a goat from a generous
stranger and a charitable
organization named Heifer Project. Beatrice
desperately wants to go to school, but her family
cannot afford it.
spends her days caring for her younger siblings
and helping in the fields on their small plot of land in a rural
African village. Then one day, Beatrice's family receives a precious gift from a
non-profit organization--a goat! In time, the goat provides
sell as well as baby goats, and soon the family has earned enough money
so Beatrice can go to school.
illustrated with vibrant acrylic paintings that powerfully depict the
culture, environment, and poverty of the African
on the work of the
Heifer Project, this
shows how a small act of generosity can make a big difference in the
lives of others, particularly those living in impoverished conditions here or abroad. Teachers
We used this book in our holiday 'season of giving' unit and it was a
great success! To read more about the unit and how this book factored
in, click here: Beatrice's Goat lessons/activities. Also, you may want to follow up a read aloud of this book with
some information about the real Beatrice behind the story. You can find
the inspirational details about her life here.
teaching generosity / giving to others (Char Ed)
& Rating NCTE
Orbis Picture Award 2002
Amazon Rating: (33 reviews)
two spreads from the beginning of
As you can see, the illustrations
are lush and depict village life in a tropical African locale. There is
bit of text in this story andI was initially worried that my class of
first graders wouldn't be able to sit through it. Wow was I wrong. They
were riveted throughout the story and
even talked about
Beatrice periodically for days afterward. It made quite an impression!
The first spread below depicts Beatrice and her distraught mother who
must tell Beatrice that they do not have enough money to send her to
school. The second spread shows young Beatrice watching the class
from a distance, fearing "I'll never be able to go to school."
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