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The Goat Lady


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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.


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.

Children of all ages will warm to this realistic and gentle story of an old woman and her goats.
Fabulous artwork.
...arresting portraits...Based on real events, the gentle story is told in affectionate if not particularly captivating prose.
...Bregoli's gentle text and charming paintings make readers of all ages want to know a woman like Noelie.
... brilliant watercolor illustrations...teaches children ... importance of being friendly and open to people who may be different..heartwarming tale.

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