Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday (PPBF). It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a great real life story!
By Page McBrier
Illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter
Afterword by Hillary Rodham Clinton
40 pages – Ages 4+
Published by Aladdin on June 22, 2004
Theme/Topic – Charity / multicultural / non-fiction
Opening and Synopsis – “If you were to visit the small African village of Kisinga in the rolling hills of western Uganda, and if you were to take a left at the crossroads and follow a narrow dirt path between two tall banana groves, you would come to the home of a girl named Beatrice.”
Beatrice lives in a small house in Uganda with her mother and five younger brothers and sisters. She spends the day helping to farm the land and feed the chickens, but what Beatrice really wants is to be able to go to school, but her family can’t afford it. One day her mother told Beatrice that some people from far away picked her family to receive a gift that will change their lives. When Beatrice found out the gift was a goat, she didn’t think a goat would do a lot for them. Beatrice soon found that if they took care of the goat, Mugisa, she would provide enough milk to sell that Beatrice’s mother could afford to send her to school.
Why I liked this book – First of all I thought it was really cool that this is a true story! Secondly, our family has supported this charity (Heifer International) before and I like how the charity works.
Taken from Heifer International’s website – “Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.”
The book is not only about the charity but also about helping others and caring for your community and environment.
Activities and Resources – I thought it was so cool that I found out more about Beatrice! You can find Beatrice Biira’s real life story at Heifer International’s website by clicking HERE.
There is also a 60 Minutes news story and interview with Beatrice you can see HERE
I also found a neat website that has a bunch of computer activities (slide show, vocabulary, and research into charities). The site is called Treasures. You can get to it by clicking HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!