4 out of 4 stars
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The Mountain and The Goat by Siamak Taghaddos is a book written for Children. It tells the story of an unnamed protagonist who encounters a singing goat on his way up a mountain. The goat offers him bread and water. It also advises him to do as he wishes but plan before time. The protagonist eats the bread but uses the water to irrigate the land. This is helpful for it helps the grass to grow, which feeds his cow. The cow now gives him milk. So begins a process of trading.
Siamak Taghaddos is the founder of multiple companies, including Grasshopper, Chargify and Superfat. He wrote the book to plant the seed of entrepreneurship in children.
The book has 21 pages that are filled with illustrations and rhyming text on each page. Each text is about a sentence long. The illustrations are simple and cartoon-like. Although the illustrations are colourful, I noted the backgrounds were mostly light grey and cream. This made the characters stand out as they had more colours.
I liked the idea of singing, kind and wise goat. This can be fascinating to children. The key advice is to plan before time, as nothing can be left to chance in life. If children can learn this at an early age, it can help them immensely.
The book teaches children that mountains which are life’s difficulties are to be faced with the knowledge that something good can come out of it like the singing goat. Therefore, they should make use of every given opportunity. Whatever is given to them has a purpose. Nothing is insignificant. Even if it may not seem helpful to them, it may be useful to another person. There is nothing wrong with trading.
This book is rated 4 out of 4 stars. It is professionally edited and has no profanity. I find nothing to dislike about the book. I recommend it to children aged 5 to 8 as well as their parents.
The Mountain and The Goat
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