3 out of 4 stars
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The Mountain and The Goat is a children’s book authored by Siamak Taghaddos. Like a fairy tale, it is in the form of a simple song or a poem. This piece is short that children can read it in one sitting depending on their age. In this short story, a child runs to the mountain where he/she sees a goat. The goat gives the child some water and bread but reminds the child to do as he/she wishes but plan.
The story will put a young reader into a dilemma of what they would do if they were the child. Basing on the qualities of a good children’s book, The Mountain and The Goat is a must-read for most children. It will be interesting since it contains a relatable story that children will like reading bearing in mind that children have a short concentration span.
The choice to include animal characters such as the goat makes the book captivating as children enjoy such. Finally, there is a moral lesson in the story. People should plan what they do and work together harmoniously.
In contrast, there are a few issues that I felt could be done to make this book better. First, the author did not indicate the gender of the child who is narrating the story. Although he might have intentionally omitted to make any reader see themselves as the superheroes in the story, it may leave some with the question. Second, I did not see the narrator in the illustrations used in the book, despite being the protagonist playing a vital role.
I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars. I did not encounter any error nor use of profane language. The language is simple that suits young readers. I recommend this book to parents and teachers for their children.
The Mountain and The Goat
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