Mosquitoes Are Enemies by Chris Emejuru, rel 2 (PDF)

The fictional tale about the life of Culex, a mosquito, in water, as well as out of water: hatching, changing forms, adventures, sucking blood. This last act of sucking blood gives the book its name. But it’s not just about the life of a mosquito told with some imagination. It is a little more than that. Targeted at children, it aims at being educational, as well as entertaining and challenging. It should also be useful in the ongoing fight against malaria.
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The work is about the life of Culex, a mosquito, in water, as well as out of water: hatching, changing forms, adventures, sucking blood. This last act of sucking blood gives the book its name. But Mosquitoes Are Enemies is not just about the life of a mosquito told with some imagination. It is a little more than that. Targeted at children, it aims at being educational, as well as entertaining and challenging. It should also be useful in the ongoing fight against malaria.

It is made up of two sections (six parts): The first section has the main narrative as Part I. After this follows the next section (Parts II to VI) for the more interested reader. The narrative begins “The tiny creature suddenly felt alive inside its little egg.” and ends “At a corner, fallen dead, was our dear Culex.” It tells about Culex from hatching to death; about her adventures in the water as well as her growing up. Also it introduces vocabulary associated with the biology of mosquitoes: larva, pupa, culex, aedes and so on.

To enhance the story’s appeal there are 20 cartoon illustrations in color. One of these is similar to the cover illustration, which shows a mosquito flying over an ear. Each illustration tries to communicate directly to the reader.

The section after the narrative backs up the narrative and also acts as a workbook. There is a little game in which readers are asked to guess the real nature of things described in the narrative from the mosquitoes’ “view point.” There is a short quiz also. Part III is The True Tale, which sums up the real lives of mosquitoes, as well as stressing their threat to humanity. Part V, The Malaria Experience, is a short story based on a real-life experience. Part VI contains an index with a bibliography and answers to the exercises.

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