Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Give a Goat For A Change

One of my all-time favorite Christmas presents from my husband and sons was a goat. Actually, I got a card with a photo of girl cuddling a baby goat, and the real creature was sent to a Guatemalan village. 

I keep the picture of the girl and goat in my bedside drawer along with a few other treasures. Glimpsing it makes me smile as I imagine a family enjoying fresh milk, cheese, and yogurt from our goat. But what if I'd had to strive and plan and scrimp and invest in order to afford the goat? Wouldn't my connection to that faraway family be even stronger, and my delight even greater?

In GIVE A GOAT (Tilbury House, 2008), author Jan West Schrock taps into her family's heritage with Heifer, International to demonstrate the joy of working hard to give. With captivating, humorous illustrations by Aileen Darragh, GIVE A GOAT tells the story of a fifth-grade class deciding to join the war against poverty, and serves as the perfect how-to guide for any classroom, scout troop, youth group, or homeschooling family. 

Schrock's book shows how embarking on a project like this in the tween years can teach valuable math, teamwork, brainstorming, and business skills. But best of all, raising money to send a goat or cow or pig to a family in need might inspire our children to become lifelong givers.

To celebrate the book's release, Tilbury house is giving away two copies. To qualify for this giveaway, leave a comment telling us about a children's book that inspired you or your kids to compassion. I'll pick two winners at random, and also compile a list of titles.

5 comments:

TadMack said...

What a great gift to receive!
I'm excited that this is such a how-to -- it's not a topic that would have occurred to most people to write about for a children's book!

Tricia said...

There is a halfway house near our church, and a handful of homeless people who wander the streets. Answering the questions my son asked about them was often difficult. A few years ago I bought a book at a yard sale called Benjamin Brody's Backyard Bag. It's about a boy who has a bag he keeps his treasures in. When he meets a woman in the park who carries her life in her bag, he wants to help.

As a result of reading that book, William and I keep a bag that is filled and donated throughout the year. Sometimes we fill it with food for a local soup kitchen, this fall we filled it with socks, mittens and hats. It sits in the corner of pantry and is a gentle reminder to help those less fortunate who are our neighbors.

Mitali Perkins said...

What a great idea, Tricia! Thanks for sharing that.

holly cupala said...

That's exactly what we gave this year - a goat! What a wonderful idea, to make it into a book. I hope it inspires many children to give with compassion.

Leslie said...

After reading Four Feet Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams, my 11-year old daughter and I were inspired to lead her Girl Scout Troop in a shoe drive benefitting Soles for Souls. We collected over 500 pairs and filled two pallets of boxes of shoes. It was kinda stinky, but how gratifying!