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This picture book is based on the true account of a young Ugandan girl and her family who benefit from the gift of a goat provided by the Heifer Project International. Beatrice is told that the goat is a “lucky gift” which proves true as the goat is able to provide increased wealth and the ability to provide for the family. Beatrice is finally able to attend school in the small village as well. The author depicts the positive change that only a few animals can make in the sustainability of a community.
This book could be incorporated into a discussion of world issues and to explore how poverty is addressed in different countries around the world. Students may be motivated to take action to reduce poverty within their own community or undertake a service learning project to assist organizations such as those represented within the story.
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