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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Mongo was a small creature who loved to roam free and lived on a remote island in the middle of the sea. He was small and had blue hair, black eyes, and a red nose with bones sticking out both sides. He was the smallest in his tribe, and people made rude comments when it came to his height. One day while searching for food in the jungle, Mongo accidentally caught the tail of a large leopard while jumping to get a large delicious-looking fruit. The leopard leaped at Mongo but he managed to grab a vine and fled. If Mongo were taller, he would have been fresh meat for the leopard. Swinging from vine to vine, Mongo came upon a cave, and inside there were squeaking fruit bats. Inside the cave, he saw a lantern without a lock and when he rubbed it, a genie came out. The magical genie told Mongo to ask for three wishes. Let's read the book to discover what happens after that.
Mongo by Jeff Gard is an adorable story that conveys the messages of self-acceptance and self-love. Children will learn to be happy with what they have instead of wishing to have something else or be someone else once they finish reading the story. Michael Darjania adds color and appeal to the story with his wonderful illustrations and breathes life into the story. I love the portrayal of Mongo and I am sure, like me, children will find him charming and delightful. The message conveyed through the story is positive and uplifting, and is the best way to teach children to accept themselves and be happy with what they have by appreciating their imperfections.