For many children in the United States, attending school is nothing special. Many take their learning opportunities for granted and often forget that there are other children who are not as fortunate.
Beatrice's Goat tells the story of a young girl who lives in Uganda with her mom and five brothers and sisters. Every day Beatrice helps her mom plant in the fields and grind flour to sell at the market. They barely scrape by with the money they make, having just enough to feed and clothe the family. Beatrice is unable to afford school though she often dreams of wearing a school uniform, writing in a notebook, and going to school.
One day, her mom informs her that they are one of 12 families slated to receive a special gift -- a goat. Beatrice doesn't really understand what's so special, but promises her momma to help care for it. After building a shed for the goat and tending to the pastures, Beatrice finally meets their gift. She befriends the animal and names her Mugisa, which means luck. When the time is right, Beatrice sells the goat's sweet milk at the market. The coins add up and, with this extra money, Beatrice is able to go to school. Mugisa also gives birth to babies that are sold to other families who will benefit from having livestock of their own, and Beatrice and her family are able to save money for a new roof.
This touching story was inspired by the true story of a Ugandan girl who was helped by Heifer Project International. HPI is an outstanding organization that provides livestock to poor communities around the world. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has written the afterword for Beatrice's Goat shares of her belief that lives can change for the better with the help of resources, training, and community support. This book illustrates that belief and will hopefully educate all those who read it. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Heifer Project International.