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.
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