4 out of 4 stars
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A realization that hits most people in adulthood is that you can't always get what you want on a silver platter. There's the need to work before you earn, and in most cases, this requires creativity, planning, and resourcefulness. With this in mind, it is of utmost importance to find creative ways to impact children with this knowledge while they are still young.This is what Siamak Taghaddos has done in his children's book, The Mountain and the Goat.
The book is about a goat that showed kindness to the main character, who was neither named nor illustrated, by offering them some bread and water. In addition to that, the goat advised them to plan ahead. The story progresses by showing how the main character tried to follow the goat's advice, and the mind-blowing reward they got in the end.
The story was set by a mountainside. The illustrations by Zachary Cain were explicit and colorful. The story was written in short sentences using words that would be easy for kids to read. The book seemed to be professionally edited as I found no errors in it.
I particularly liked how the author explored different occupations, and the goods, and services they offered. He also passed on the message that money isn't the only thing that can be used to acquire desired goods or services—the barter system is still very much in play.
Being that there was absolutely nothing to dislike about this book, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. The author did an excellent job of passing the core message of this book in a succinct and straightforward way. Additionally, children would learn about different occupations in ways that are both creative and exciting.
I would recommend this book for children between the ages of 5 and 6 years as it contains the type of short sentences they're expected to develop. The book was also written using words containing the sounds that are taught at that age. Finally, teachers might find this book an interesting tool to teach speech marks, and the topic of a trade by barter to children.
The Mountain and The Goat
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