Pairing of Fiction and Nonfiction: Beatrice’s Goat and The Goat Lady


Fiction Book:  The Goat Lady by Jane Bregoli

Winner of the IRA Teacher's Choice Award and the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, Humane Heroes.

This is a touching story of a very old lady who raises goats. As the homes have grown up around her, people talk about the smell and mess of the goats that Noelie raises for a living. To Noelie they are like children with names and personalities. No one realizes that despite her odd appearance she is quietly helping many people. She shares her goats' milk with families who need it and sends her kid goats to the Heifer International Project. It isn't till two young children move in next door and befriend her that all is realized. This is a wonderful story for all of us about not judging other people and also that everyone can find some way to help others.


Nonfiction Book:  Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier with Lori Lohstoeter, Illustrator

In the Afterword by Hillary Rodham Clinton, we learn that the Heifer International Project invited McBrier and Lohstoeter to East Aftica to research a children's picture book. That research resulted in Beatrice's Goat, the true story about a nine-year-old Ugandan girl. This heart-warming story reminds us that families everywhere can change their lives for the better. All they need are three things: resources, training, and community support. The Heifer International Project supplied all three.  Share this wonderful story with your children to help them learn about world hunger and how we can all make a difference.




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