3 out of 4 stars
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Inspired by his dad at a young age to be resourceful by taking advantage of the opportunities presented to him in life, Siamak Taghaddos decided to write The Mountain and The Goat: Plant the seed of entrepreneurship, resourcefulness, and take-action mentality in children. The author's intention is that children will be inculcated with an entrepreneurial and proactive mentality by reading the book. This short read was illustrated by Zachary Cain.
The rhythmic flow of the story follows the wise and intelligent decisions an unidentified racer has to make in a tedious journey up a mountain. The goat he met at the mountain offered him some water and bread as well as advised him to plan ahead. Some of the decisions the racer was faced with meant taking advantage of the resources at his disposal to obtain what he needed at every step of the way.
I like the juxtaposition of the narratives and illustrations; they will aid a better understanding of the story. Children will find the colorful aspect of this book attractive, thereby drawing them into the story. The colorful illustrations will also appeal to children and capture their attention.
One of the issues I had with the book was that the story appeared to be scanty; it fell short of the wealth of knowledge the author indicated he received from his dad. The author could have expanded the central theme with more ideas. A more elaborate construction of sentences would have been appropriate and beneficial to children who are the target audience of this book. In my view, the illustrations are also not adequate representations of the entire story.
Furthermore, despite the fact that the narrator was the main character, no name or illustration was provided in that regard. Since the story was narrated in the first person, the readers should have been given the opportunity of attaching a name or an illustration to the narrator. This will make the story more relatable. For example, nobody was seen running to the mountain as emphasized on the last page. Again, in my view, the story ended abruptly. Overall, I believe the book has some room for improvement.
The book contains no profanity or sexual content whatsoever. It appeared to be professionally edited; I found no errors therein. For the earlier mentioned reasons, I hereby award The Mountain and The Goat: Plant the seed of entrepreneurship, resourcefulness, and take-action mentality in children by Siamak Taghaddos, a three out of four stars. I did not award it a lower rating because of the invaluable life lessons it contains. I recommend it to all children, particularly those between the ages of 3 and 8.
The Mountain and The Goat
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