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Beatrice's Goat Hardcover – February 1, 2001
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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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Top Customer Reviews
The book is a true story of how a little girl's family got a goat that, more or less, changed their lives. Very cute story and a good cause.
However, I wouldn't give equally high praise to the text. The phrases are often awkward and overly complex; I found myself changing a lot of the words as I read this book to my pre-K daughter. It might be OK for a 7- or 8-year old, but even then, I don't think the story flows as well as it should.
I bought this book because I was looking for a picture book set in Africa to give to my 2-year-old goddaughter in Malawi. But I will not be sending it to her. Although it may be a useful story to educate American kids about life in a rural Ugandan village, it unfortunately plays into too many stereotypes (especially the "benevolent Westerners coming to the aid of poor Africans" stereotype) for me to feel comfortable sharing it with a family who actually lives in that part of the world.
Don't get me wrong, Heifer is a great organization, and I donate to them often - this just felt a little too much like promotional material for their mission, rather than being an excellent story on its own merits.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find it terribly hypocritical that Hilliary Clinton wrote an Afterward for a book that endorses the selling of raw milk. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda Braschayko
Was an interesting story for my great-granddaughter. Her question was, could she have a goat?Published 5 months ago by Harley J Lindberg
Read this story to k-4 grade classes to support caring concept. Students loved the story and content was perfect for this age group.Published 6 months ago by sharon
an excellent book for an excellent organization. I keep ordering copies to give as gifts.Published 6 months ago by Michele Grove
One of the most heartfelt books ever. An absolutely wonderful Christmas gift.Published 8 months ago by Rock Ruthsatz
This story was recommended to me to include in my Social Studies unit about Communities...Wants Needs Goods and Services...etc. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Laura S. Gibbs