Give A Goat
Jan West Schrock
Illustrated by Aileen Darragh
Paperback, $7.95, ISBN 978-0-88448-343-4
9 x 10, 32 pages, color illustrations
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2009
—National Council for the Social Studies/Children's Book Council
Honor Book, 2008
—Society of School Librarians International
"The message of community service is what children will ultimately remember and hopefully be inspired to emulate: 'I think everyone learned that giving—and passing on the gift—feels really good.' A first choice for schools and public libraries."
—School Library Journal
"Teachers seeking portrayals of kids cooperating to make a difference, both in their communities and beyond, will find this book a welcome resource."
"The humorous watercolor illustrations complement the text in providing a model for other class projects. . . . These two books [One Hen and Give a Goat] are recommended as the basis for a class project and further study of African children in Ghana and Uganda as well as one type of philanthropy. For several years, this reviewer also has "given a goat" to a family in Africa."
"Jan Schrock's book about a class project will empower young readers to improve the world, and hopefully make them lifelong givers."
—Pegi Deitz Shea, children's book author
"At Heifer International, we have seen that when people work together, seemingly small efforts can have big results. Whether it is in a remote village, a busy urban neighborhood, or in a vibrant school classroom, powerful changes occur when a community works toward a common goal. Give a Goat encourages children (and adults) to look for ways to make a better world and inspires compassion, generosity and cooperation. The impact made by the lively students in the story will be multiplied again and again as other children follow their example and join them in changing the world."
—Jen Girten, Ed.D., Manager of School Programs, Heifer International
"Give A Goat, not only emphasizes the importance of giving, but also displays how each one of us can truly make a difference. Working together to help others in need gives kids an sense of empowerment. This book shows it can be fun too!"
—Kendall Ciesemier, 14, founder of Kids Caring 4 Kids
How can reading a picture book in one country make a difference to a family in need living thousands of miles away? And what does a goat have to do with it, anyway?
When Mrs. Rowell's class is inspired by a rainy-day book to reach out with helping hands, wonderful things happen. Not the least of these wonderful things is a combined, enthusiastic effort by the entire class to reach a common goal.
In this true story readers will discover even the smallest good-will efforts are rewarded with positive results. Humorous illustrations show the philanthropic process from inspiration through brainstorming to getting down to work, collecting funds and celebrating success. Give a Goat is a template for adults and children who want to work together to experience the satisfaction of giving to others and making a difference in the world.
This book may inspire you, too. Making a change for the better is as easy as giving a goat!
Author Jan West Schrock's father, Dan West, was a midwestern farmer who served as a relief worker during the Spanish civil war. As he was handing out milk to needy children one day, he realized , "These children don't need a cup. They need a cow." When he returned home, he founded Heifers for Relief, and its first shipment of heifers was sent to Puerto Rico in 1944. Jan herself spent twenty-eight years as a classroom teacher, special needs teacher, and administrator, both in the United States and abroad. She is now a senior advisor for Heifer International, an organization that has grown to serve over 8.5 million people in more than 125 countries. Jan lives in Westbrook, Maine, but travels the world to talk about "passing on the gift."
Aileen Darragh is a graphic artist and illustrator. She lives in Sanford, Maine, with her husband, her three girls, and their golden retriever Shadow. Her previous work includes To Touch a Cloud by Scott Arnold. Aileen provides volunteer graphic design services for her local library reading programs and for local school teachers. (Aileen is also a working mom, as assistant to the CEO of Dole & Bailey, Inc.) She and her kids love art projects of every kind: needlepoint, needlepunch, embroidery, sewing, beading, building doll houses, painting, drawing, and dyeing fabric. They have a chest of old clothes and love to dress up and put on impromptu plays (with the dog playing the prince when necessary). Black Beauty, the model for Give A Goat is owned by a friend of the family.
Tilbury House, Publishers
103 Brunswick Avenue
Gardiner, Maine 04345
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