For our HS Earth Scouts group, we're going to spend a month earning money to give to Heifer International. I'm going to be presenting the idea next week, and I'd love a picture book to read to the kids that ties in with this project. The kids range from 4-8, so anything appropriate to that level would be great. Anyone have any ideas?
Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier
is the one for you - wonderful book.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
There was also a TV profile on 60 minutes - not sure if you can find it on YouTube.
A similar book called One Hen is about the Kiva Loan program - but the idea is the same as it details the difference some agricultural independence can make for a family and a community.
is excellent. Highly recommend it.