The Goat Lady

The Goat Lady

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by Jane Bregoli

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A family moves into their new home. All the houses in the neighborhood except for one have new paint and well-kept lawns. One old farmhouse sticks out with peeling paint, rickety old fences, rusty barrels lying about, and lots of frisky farm animals. Neighbors living nearby in their modern houses do not approve. The goose chases a jogger, the rooster crows day and night, and the goats hop over the fence to eat newly planted trees. Something has to be done about this neighbor with all the goats and farm animals! One cold October morning, two young children brave the honking goose and meet the Goat Lady, Noelie Lemire Houle. Miss Houle welcomes them into her life teaching them about farm animals, friendship and a different way of living. The children introduce the Goat Lady to their mother, an artist. By painting Miss Houle's picture and her daily activities, the neighbors and community gradually come to learn about and appreciate the Goat Lady. They discover how she donates young goats, "kids," to the Heifer Project, an International nonprofit organization. The Heifer Project has helped over 5 million families in 125 countries escape hunger, become more self-sufficient and become environmental aware. Two children help the Goat Lady teach her neighbors and community about the giving, courage and kindness. 2004, Tilbury House Publishers, Ages 8 to 11.
—Lisa P. Hill
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-An elderly French Canadian named Noelie often drew criticism from the Dartmouth, MA, townsfolk because she kept a herd of white goats in her yard. Neighbors complained that the animals were noisy and unruly and that the house was unkempt. The author and her children befriended the old woman and found that she was gentle and kind. When Bregoli's daughter asked her to paint a picture of the Goat Lady, the artist painted a series of portraits and eventually exhibited them in a local art museum. The paintings helped others in the community to look past Noelie's mismatched clothes and odd ways and recognize her humble goodness. This gentle, straightforward narrative is told from the point of view of one of the children and is ideal for reading aloud. The book is illustrated with sharp color reproductions of Bregoli's original portraits done in a soft painterly style. A true story about intergenerational relationships and tolerance that's perfect for sharing.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Tilbury House Publishers
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8.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.10(d)
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4 - 7 Years

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