The Legend of Moon Mountain: Ruwenzori A Fable for Every Age
Reviewed by Brenna Bales (age 11) for Reader Views (2/09)
In this wonderful, historically-based narrative by PapaGino, the main character, Shani, creates an entire new world while also finding her own. Overall, the book was fantastic, but I feel that it jumped around a lot, and at times, went a little too fast. Although the book’s storyline was excellent, it seemed to have a lot of grammatical errors.
Shani is a very outgoing young girl whose personality will inspire many young readers. In the book, the people of the Kush realize that wherever Shani’s descendants are living that their great ancestors will be found there as well. Shani’s experiences show us that we are always surrounded by the people we love, and the people who love us. I learned that you can accomplish your goals and dreams if you really put your mind to it.
Anyone between the ages of 6 and 9 would enjoy this book, even though there are some difficult pronunciations. It would be a really good book to read to a young child or a toddler. My favorite part was when the king explained how the great ancestors were present wherever their descendants were.
When PapaGino writes in the future, I would like to see more detail and explanation as to what happens over the course of the 100 years that were left out in the story. Each chapter in “The Legend of Moon Mountain” was very entertaining, and kept the story moving forward. I could feel the emotions of the characters on every page. The story definitely keeps your attention. The author gets the message of the story across superbly, and I look forward to reading many more of his books.