4 out of 4 stars
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The Mountain and The Goat is a children’s story about the essence of giving, being resourceful, and planning. It starts with a person going up a mountain and seeing a goat. Thus, a journey of giving and receiving began until a goal is finally reached. The journey is illustrated right from the beginning until the very end. This makes it easier for children to read, engage, and stay focused.
Taghaddos wrote succinctly while the illustrations further buttressed it. Towards the end of the book, the author’s note stated the moral lessons. The story stresses the importance of grabbing opportunities as soon as it comes. The phrase, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonades” manifests as you go further into the book. We should learn to use the resources we have and think outside the box to address current problems.
Another lesson learned is how essential planning is when we have a handful of resources. The conversation with the goat ended with a word of advice about planning. Without planning, our resources would not be managed properly, which can lead to wastage. These lessons altogether point to the concept of entrepreneurship. Children will gain a thing or two about entrepreneurship from an early age. Similarly, it teaches kids why helping people is crucial in today’s world. This further develops their communication and people skills.
I enjoyed and liked reading along with the narrator as they tell their tale of giving and helping. I was also able to learn along the way which makes the book suitable for both adults and teenagers. So, I recommend this book to children from ages three and above and also to adults. Anyone can read, enjoy, and learn. I found no errors while reading. There was also nothing I disliked about the story. I liked every single aspect. As a result, I will be giving this book a 4 out of 4 stars.
The Mountain and The Goat
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