The First Mosquito
In this, her second book inspired by First Nations' stories, author and illustrator Caroll Simpson tells how the first mosquito came to be. A dramatic tale of a young boy's narrow escape from the dangers of the forest, her story illustrates a mother's wisdom in response to her son's accidental bid for independence. Caroll introduces readers to the world of Lightning Snakes, Woodworm, Creek Woman, Mouse Woman, Two-Headed Serpents, the Wild Man of the Forest and a Bloodsucking Monster. Written for children aged 6 to 11, Caroll's charming tale is illustrated with her distinctive colour paintings, intended to celebrate the culture of the First Peoples. A glossary of legendary mythical creatures, describing their traits and identifying physical details, provides an informative backdrop for Caroll's unique retelling of a fascinating legend.