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Rebecca - reviewed Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale on
Helpful Score: 3
This is a great story that teaches us the consequences of telling a lie. A mosquito tells a lie to an iguana and this causes other events to happen. In the story we are introduced to many animals and sounds each animal makes. For example, the crow cried kaa, kaa, kaa. The story is cumulative and repeats the sequence of events as the community figures out the truth. The ending is funny as we learn why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears. The story does have a death of a baby owl so might no be appropriate for young children.
This is the Weekly Reader version of this Caldecott Medal winning book. The story is an African folk tale involving a mosquito who caused such a disturbance that mother owl's owlet is injured and dies and mother owl will not come out and wake the sun. The mosquito escapes the wrath of the animal council but still today buzzes about asking "Zee is everyone still mad at me?"
The illustrations of the animals throughout are very interesting. The illustrations are actually water colors, pastels and india ink which were then cut out of vellum to create the wood cut effect as seen on the cover.
I love this book. As a music teacher, it provides ample opportunities to get the students involved in vocal play, instrument play and acting. The story is a wonderful fable for children who are telling whopper tales and the consequences of such. The illustrations are beautiful. Can you tell? I love this book!