Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

Bibliographic Information: Aardema, Verna. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale. New York: Dial, 1975

Brief Annotation: Mosquito tells a story that causes a disaster in the jungle when the sun won’t come up for days.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-5

Reader who will like this: Students who enjoy books about animals, students who are interested in folk tales, students interested in other cultures.

Rating/Response: 5, I was read this book as a child and always loved it.  I loved the way the illustrations made me think of African folk lore, and the story is quite engaging.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Why do you think mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Picture)

Rationale for Strategy: This is a charming book, with beautiful illustrations that would fit in well with folk tales and legends.

Posted by: Olivia Cyr


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