4 out of 4 stars
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The Mountain and The Goat is a children’s book written by Siamak Taghaddos. This is a contemporary story, fabricated to develop a sense of trading, managing, and creating resources among kids.
The story begins with an unnamed character going to the mountainside where he is given some bread and water by a goat. The goat advices him to do whatever he wishes with it, but also plan things ahead. With this, that person eats the bread and waters the soil. Then the grass grows there and he gives it to a cow. In this way, he keeps trading things that he gets with other people which ultimately rewards him at the end.
This is a short story with a profound message. It teaches kids to take hold of the opportunities that life offers and be resourceful. It also teaches kids to think smartly and have good presence of mind. The biggest appeal for me is the beautiful illustrations done by Zachary Cain. They make a great visual impact on kids. I especially appreciate the writer’s idea and creativity. He has conveyed an important message in such a small and fun story. The language used here is simple and eloquent which makes it easier for the kids to read and understand.
The only complaint that I have is, the story is way too short. It is merely 21 pages long, with just 1 to 4 lines on a page. The story would have been better for me if the writer could have elaborated it a bit more. For example, he could have added some conversation with the person the character is trading with, by describing the scenery, etc.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this book. I did not find any errors in this, so I can say that the book is professionally edited. This contains no profanity and obscenity. With that being said, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I have no reason to rate this any lower.
I highly recommend this book for kids aged 4 to 8 years. I also suggest parents and teachers read this book and help the kids apply what they have learned from this. This is not for people who do not like reading children’s books.
The Mountain and The Goat
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