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Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier

Beatrice's Goat (edition 2004)

by Page McBrier, Lori Lohstoeter (Illustrator)

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Title:Beatrice's Goat
Authors:Page McBrier
Other authors:Lori Lohstoeter (Illustrator)
Info:Aladdin (2004), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:multicultural, Uganda, Africa, diversity, Sun Bear Room, Heifer book, Social Justice, UU Principle, Principle 6, Principle 1, Red, Violet, Each person is important, Build a fair and peaceful world

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Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier


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This book is the story of a young girl who longs to go to school but she is unable to because her family cannot afford it. When a goat gets donated to the family and it is the young girls job to take care of it. Finally, by selling the goat's milk, the little girl makes enough money to send her to school and she is happy.
  cbrunner16 | Mar 19, 2018 |
Summary- Real life events of Beatrice and how she was able to go to school. This was with the help of her pet goat that she used to help her make enough money to buy the things needed for her to go.

Critique of Genre- Biography, real life event of Beatrice's hard time growing up.

Age- Could work for all ages but i would choose 3rd to about 5th grade.

Media- Pencils and watercolor. ( )
  DRhodes02 | Apr 19, 2017 |
This book is about Beatrice and how her family was unable to afford school. Due to her circumstances in her country, each family in poverty had to wait for a family goat in order to produce income. The goat's milk would become a strategy to. earn money so that she could go to school. Beatrice became successful her funding and finally gained the opportunity to attend school like the rest of the kids in her village. ( )
  ChantorriG | Apr 11, 2017 |
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: Primary
Media: Acrylic paint?
Review/ Critique: Beatrice lives in Uganda and wants to go to school. Some philanthropists give her family a goat. That goat has babies and they start milking the goat. They save enough money that she can go to school. This is a realistic fiction because these events really could happen and the author tries to make an accurate portrayal of the life of this girl in Uganda. This book is actually extremely realistic because it was made by an organization who gives livestock to families to help them get a foot-up. ( )
  kwilson14 | Mar 20, 2017 |
This book was all the rage with elementary teachers when it first came out. In the story, an aid organization donates a goat to a poor African family, which leads to prosperity and a better life for all. It would be wonderful if development were really as simple as a few inexpensive gifts from donors and a willingness on the part of the poor to work hard and be thrifty. But this book oversimplifies people's real problems and suffering to the point of inanity. Beautiful illustrations though. Maybe cover up the text? ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
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Page McBrierprimary authorall editionscalculated
Clinton, Hillary RodhamAfterwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lohstoeter, LoriIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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When her family's fat, sleek new goat arrives in her poor Ugandan village, little Beatrice hugs her close and whispers, "Mama says you are our lucky gift...." And indeed it is true. Soon the goat bears two kids and provides enough milk to both feed the family and sell for profit. Until the goat arrived, life was very hard for Beatrice and her five brothers and sisters. The family could not afford to send the children to school, and it was difficult to make ends meet. Magically this one small animal, one of 12 given the village, opens up a new world of health and prosperity. Before the year is out, Beatrice happily realizes her dream of becoming a school girl and her delighted family moves into a sturdy new house.

Based on the true account of one family who received aid from Heifer Project International, a charitable organization that donates livestock to poor communities around the world, this moving story is eloquently and gracefully recounted. Vividly evoking the lush tropical landscape of central Africa, Lohstoeter's rich, deeply-hued illustrations perfectly complement the text and make Beatrice and her world affectingly real. Although she may live far removed from the comfortable middle-class lives of many young readers, it is clear that Beatrice is a girl of unusual heart and, like any child, filled with hopes and dreams. In her afterword Hillary Rodham Clinton writes, "Beatrice's Goat is a heartwarming reminder that families, wherever they live, can change their lives for the better." A portion of the publisher's proceeds goes to support the Heifer Project. (Ages 4 to 8) --Marianne Painter

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A young girl's dream of attending school in her small Ugandan village is fulfilled after her family is given an income-producing goat. Based on a true story about the work of Project Heifer.

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