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The Goat Lady

The Goat Lady

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In THE GOAT LADY, by Jane Bregoli, 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.

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In THE GOAT LADY, by Jane Bregoli, 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.

Reviews:

“… brilliant watercolor illustrations…teaches children … importance of being friendly and open to people who may be different..heartwarming tale?” -Heifer International/World Ark Magazine, Nov/Dec 2005

“…Bregoli is an incredible award-winning artist… fabulous artwork ranges between photographic and impressionistic…heartwarming, entertaining tale.” -New Jersey Star Ledger, July, 10, 2005

“…Bregoli’s gentle text and charming paintings make readers of  all ages want to know a woman like Noelie.?” -Green Teacher, Winter/Spring 2007

“…arresting portraits…Based on real events, the gentle story is told in affectionate if not particularly captivating prose.” -Hornbook Guide to Children, July 1, 2005

“Tale of understanding…deeply affecting paintings…engaging story.” -New Bedford Standard Times, October 8, 2004

Honors and Awards:

Teacher’s Choice, International Reading Association, 2005

ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award, Humane Heroes, 2004

Maine Student Book Award 2005-2006 Nominee

WHY READ THIS BOOK?

When two young children befriend an elderly woman the other neighbors shun, they learn generosity overflows from this “poor” woman.

Topics:

Poverty, elder/younger relations.

Problems:

There is unequal distribution of wealth in our communities and around the world. People unfairly judge others based on appearances, instead of really getting to know them.

About the Author:

Jane Bregoli lives in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, where she and her children befriended Noelie Houle. Jane is an elementary school art teacher. Her paintings have been featured in many shows and publications, and have won numerous awards.

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 10.00 x 1.016 in
Author

Jane Bregoli

Format

Paperback

ISBN

978-0-88448-309-0

Illustrator

Jane Bregoli

Pages

32

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