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A powerful text set focusing on acts of kindness and social action by Andrea Ross of Just One More Book
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Transcript for Acts Of Kindness And Social Action_CLIP 23
Hello Everyone. You are listening to show 23 of the CLIP podcast which I would like to dedicate to my friends and colleagues in Hawaii especially those who are connected with Kamehameha Schools. Congratulations again on a favorable court decision regarding the John Doe lawsuit.
Tonight’s show focuses on a powerful text set on acts of kindness and social action submitted by Andrea Ross of Just One More Book, a wonderful podcast and resource on children’s books. The idea for the show resulted from a comment by Andrea on a previous clip episode after which time I encouraged her to send me audio expanding on her thoughts. I’m so pleased she agreed to do the show and I know you will truly enjoy what she has to say as much as I have. I thought it was especially appropriate as we enter the holiday season.
Jim Clohessy station ID
Audio from Andrea Ross
This is Andrea Ross, devoted CLIP listener and one of the children’s book fanatics behind the Just One More Book!! Podcast.
More often than not, Vivian’s CLIP episodes leave me buzzing with ideas, inspiration and feeling a bit like I’ve fallen out in the middle of a lively, engaging conversation. And… more often than not… the result is a long and rambling email to Vivian from me, filling her in on all the thoughts and ideas her show has brought up for me.
A few weeks ago, Vivian decided to cure me of this post-CLIP rambling email habit by suggesting that I put some of those thoughts into a segment for her show. This is my attempt to do that. I think I’m cured.
In CLIP Episode 16, entitled “Acts of Courage and Acts of Kindness”, Vivian presented A multi-media text set of children’s books and audio exploring the idea that children can make improvements in the world.
This inspiring show brought to mind two fabulous books and two organizations that can help children see the power and possibility of relatively small, tangible gestures.
Beatrice’s Goat, written by Page McBrier and Illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter, tells the true story of a 9 year old Ugandan girl whose life is changed for the better by the gift of a goat. This gorgeous book, with its warm, earthy illustrations and simple narration effectively illustrates how the education, income and nourishment provided by the goat slowly and steadily improves the health and wellbeing of the entire family — and eventually ripples outward to neighbouring families. The story is accompanied by a description of the Heifer Organization:
Instead of providing hungry families with a temporary source of food, Heifer International provides a “living loan” of an animal and training in animal care. Each family in turn passes these gifts to another family in need, creating a chain of hope that lifts entire communities.
The second book on this goat-giving theme is “The Goat Lady“, by Jane Bregoli. What an amazing book. What an amazing story. Filled with gorgeous grey/blue paintings and a striking example of the power of understanding, this book is too great a masterpiece to do justice here. The relevant point is that the main character of this true story is an elderly Quebecois widow in Massachusetts who raises goats which she eventually gives to the Heifer organization. (As a complete aside: the real Beatrice, who is now 20 years old, eventually became a student in northern Massachusetts. )
To make this whole life enhancing animal gift giving idea even more accessible, a charitable organization called Project Tembo (Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity) sells donation greeting cards at one of our local independent book stores. Not long after first reading these two books, our girls were each able to buy a chicken for a Tanzanian family! Talk about mixed media!
Showing both sides of the goat-giving story, and in this order, and exploring the Heifer and Project Tembo websites, I believe, really brings the whole gift giving idea to life.
Links to Beatrices Goat, The Goat Lady, Heifer International and Project Tembo can be found on VIvian’s show notes at www.clippodcast.com
For the CLIP podcast, I’m Andrea Ross — in a closet in Canada.
Before I go I want to say thank you to the following people for contributing to the show, participating in the show, commenting on the show, contacting me regarding the show, providing a station id, or pinning my frappr map; Charles Cadenhead, Anna Sumida, Jim Clohessy, Yvonne Siu Runyan. Special thanks once again to Andrea Ross for providing wonderful and thoughtful audio for this week’s show. . I think we’ll need to have her back on the show don’t you?
The next several weeks will be very busy for me as we prepare for the arrival of family and friends to celebrate the holidays so I’ll be taking a short break until January 8th 2007. Until then Happy Holidays and I’ll catch you in the new year.