I mentioned yesterday that the bugs are out early and that includes mosquitoes. We hatched prehistoric mosquitoes this year. I swear I have never seen them so big. In the evenings I grab the kids and we make a mad dash to the car, praying we can get in and buckled before the mosquitoes swarm us. The experience reminded me that we have just the right book for the season:
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale by Verna Aardema
In this classic "why" fable, a mosquito tells a lie, setting off a chain of events that eventually leads to the sun failing to rise. When the animals get together to figure out what caused this calamity, they realize the mosquito is to blame. Although they call for her to be punished, sneaky mosquito escapes. To this day she still goes about "whining in people's ears: 'Zeee! Is everyone still angry at me?" The answer? "KPAO!"
What I love about this book are its incredible illustrations. I'm not surprised it was a Caldecott winner, just look at these scenes:
The white outlines and gradient colors are so unique, I wanted to try something similar with my girls. For A I took the wax crayon that came with our egg dying set and traced a coloring book owl. Then I let her sit at the table and paint. Yes, I'm insane. Who in their right mind gives a 21 month old a paint brush and paint?!? We did really well for about 5 minutes and then she decided it was much more fun to splash in the water cup, fling the wet paintbrush around the room, and paint her sister's arm. Eventually it turned into a full blown tantrum and craft time was over.
I filled in some of the white space, but overall I think the picture turned out pretty good. We might try it again when she's a little older.
For E, I wanted to do one of those coat-a-painting-in-crayon-and-scrape-away-to-draw. I remember doing those as a child, but this one failed miserably. The crayon did not scrape away. Do you need a special kind of paper? We tried to salvage the art by creating a mixed media collage.
Honestly, it's a good metaphor for the kind of day we are having.... I keep trying to salvage the day, but I think I just need a small vacation from the kids! Anyone want to come over and babysit?
I'm linking up to:
- stART at A Mommy's Adventure