1 out of 4 stars
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The Mountain and The Goat by Siamak Taghaddos is a children’s book that uses modern-day elements to inspire entrepreneurship and opportunity-seizing in its young readers. The book features multiple different characters (both animals and humans), each serving a purpose to the story’s development, and ends on a light note. It is an easy-read, and has no spelling or grammar mistakes.
The book’s illustrations are simple, yet missing the whimsical charm common in fables, which brings into question whether or not a child would find it intriguing. There are a few backgrounds used throughout, while only the main elements (such as the character) change. Brown and green are the predominant colors, which may not evoke a child’s interest. I would have found it more visually appealing if the illustrator had been more creative with the characters and the background elements, and used a wider range of colors.
I give this book a rating of 1 out of 4 stars because, in addition to its mundane illustrations, the book also fails to use language that would appeal to a child. Other than page 5, in which “bread” and “ahead” are used, there are no rhymes in this book. This inconsistency may be confusing to a child.
Some of the vocabulary used may be too complex for a kid, such as “smith” (page 16) and “lumber” (page 29). The latter could have been substituted for “wood”, for instance. These factors can affect a child’s enjoyment of the book, making it a tough read rather than a bedtime story.
The complicated lessons this story hopes to teach – entrepreneurship and resourcefulness – are evident in the book, but would still remain difficult for children to grasp. If the ideas were further simplified, and stated throughout the book using fun rhymes, this book would be perfect for the audience of children from ages 3 to 5, particularly ones learning to read.
The Mountain and The Goat
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