Irina Goundortseva’s background is in animation and filmmaking. She has written s...
Everyone adored the beautiful butterflies that gathered around the pond.
In fact everyone did ... Mozzie most of all.
One day he gathered up his courage and asked if he could fly around with them.
But beautiful butterflies don’t hang out with ugly, boring mosquitoes. This is a charming story of a mosquito who wants to be a butterfly.
Praise for ''The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie'.
"Charming, beautifully illustrated, with a gentle but important message. An unexpected delight." Graeme Simsion
"Delightful! All the fun and learning of a Dr Seuss tale." Tim Ferguson
Mosquitoes, Butterflies, Self perception.
Mosquitoes, Butterflies, Self perception. The mosquito who lives in the pond hankers after being a butterfly. He sees them flying around the pond, beautiful creatures, colourful, light and attractive. He asks if he can join them but is laughed at. When he asks them why they do not want him, they tell him that he is ugly and not fit to be seen with them. Dejected he walks away, not willing to use his flimsy wings. He spies a beautiful flower, equally as attractive as a butterfly, and using it as a cloak, approaches the butterflies once again. Life is now just what he wants, but then the unexpected happens and the group is captured and taken to a laboratory. Here he is able to use his special skill to advantage and free them all.
A story of being satisfied with what you have, of celebrating your skills, of not always wanting to be like everyone else will have resonance in the classroom as this is an issue which besets younger children. This story opens that discussion admirably.
colourful picture book explores the messages of se
Irina Goundortseva's colourful picture book explores the messages of self-acceptance and belief in your own abilities.
A little mosquito loves to watch the beautiful butterflies fluttering their pretty wings. When the mozzie finally gathers the courage and asks to join the butterfly group, it is rejected. The butterflies even call the mozzie names. When the butterflies become caught in a collector's net, they need the skills of the little insect to rescue them. Disguised as a butterfly with petal wings, the mosquito bites the human's hand and the butterflies all escape. The moral of the story is to be comfortable with who you are.
Different use of font sizes and easy to read text placed on a white background make this picture book suited to young readers. The soft watercolour and ink illustrations are bright and lively. This gender-neutral story is appealing to read to kindergarten and preschool children.
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