4 out of 4 stars
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The Monkey and the Maize by S. Mosby Marble is a fictional story that follows the life of a monkey named Pete. Growing up in a small village known as the Community, Pete longed for adventure and wanted to see the world. But he still had a lot to learn about life and was fortunate to have parents that were willing to mentor him.
After the death of his father, Pete must take charge of providing for his mother and family. And due to the scarcity of maize, which was their most valued food crop, Pete and his family must search for greener pastures outside the Community. However, the struggle continued even in their new destination. And the experience seems to be preparing him for a greater purpose because an unknown calamity is on its way to wipe out animals like him. Will Pete be able to shoulder such an all-important responsibility? And is there even a way to save all the animals from this looming calamity? Please read The Monkey and the Maize to find out.
This 154-page book is an allegory that would teach young adults how to become better individuals and leaders. The author intends to help readers understand the values they need to develop to become the kind of leaders we need in the world today. What I like most about the book is its relevant message in today's society. I particularly liked the author's message on humility, service, and integrity. The book's message revolves around the five roots of life, which, according to the author, are faith, family, fellowship, food, and forgiveness. Through the events in the book, I learned life lessons on management and selfless service.
I enjoyed the entries that Pete made into his journal throughout his journey. I must commend the author for using Pete's journaling to summarize the points in the chapters. It helped me to get a clear picture of the author's message and teachings. More so, some of the journal entries were very inspiring, which I really liked. One such example is, "Confident leaders bestow respect and endorsement on the ones they develop. Encouraging success through others is oftentimes more rewarding than personal accomplishment." Isn't that inspiring?
Furthermore, I enjoyed Mr. Marble's writing style and the story's characterization. His narrations are easy to understand and follow, and I think it suits the target audience. The author's descriptions are graphic, and his narrations are also suspenseful and well organized. More so, the main characters in the book are well developed. But what I enjoyed most is that the author didn't waste time on the backstories of characters that didn't add much to the plot. As a result, I could easily keep up with all the characters in the book.
To conclude, I didn't dislike anything about the book. It helps that the book is also exceptionally edited, as I didn't find any errors in it. Therefore, I am glad to rate The Monkey and the Maize four out of four stars. It deserves this rating for its inspiring morals, suspenseful narrations, and exceptional editing. I highly recommend this book to young adults who wish to learn the basics of management, selfless service, and leadership through a fascinating fictional allegory.
The Monkey and the Maize
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