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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (1975)
by Verna Aardema
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I think that the art in the book is culturally appropriate, which I appreciate because it adds an extra depth when reading the book. I think that the story overall is a great way to teach children on cause and effect and to not spread “fibs” regarding other people/friends. ( )
independent reading level: 2nd to 3rd grade
Awards: Caldecott Medal winner
Caldecott Medal in 1976
This has fun art and loads of animals, but the story fell a bit flat with me. All of the animals, excepting the rabbit, seemed to overreact, and I just don't think the mosquito should have born the burden of the punishment for everyone's absurd behavior. The story could be used to mentor about unintended consequences and overreactions by an engaged adult though.
Based on a West African Folk Tale. Mosquito tells a tale that starts a chain reaction through the jungle and ends with an owlet being killed. The animals all want to know who is to blame. It would be a wonderful piece for teaching cause and effect. The abstract and unique illustrations were inspired by African fabrics with bold, vibrant colors and mosaic-like patterns.
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Reveals the meaning of the mosquito's buzz.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)398.2 — Social sciences Customs, Etiquette, Folklore Folklore Folk literature
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