As we come to the end of February and Black History Month, I wanted to highlight "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears" DVD that I found to shared with Daniel.
Again, I'm loving the moving story book feel of the DVD. I also like that the stories are based on African folklore. While each story originally started as a book they are brought to life on the DVD with little bits of movement and audio details. All three stories are read with creativity, humor and joy. In the first story James Earl Jones laughs...it's amazing to hear!
A great point about the DVD is the imagery of each story wasn't done as full action scenes. The DVD lets your child use their imagination to follow the story. The stories are also not long...10-12 minutes each. I'm not sure where at 20month's my son's imagination took him, but I know he gave his fully attention to each story. I recommend the stories...book or dvd format...for kids of all ages to enjoy.
As we go into March, I am proud I found creative ways to share American Black History with my son. Even though I'm Caribbean, I hope to continue showing him how wonderful the African American culture can be. Being half black is something he should be proud of. He needs to know/see/understand that he's connected to a community of people rich in culture and creativity....past, present and future.