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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2009

    Love this story!

    I am getting this story for myself, though it was one of my favorites as little kid. I think I first heard it when I was six or seven, and it was the ending I loved most.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema

    In this folktale, the mosquito tells a lie which sets off a series of cause and effect events that affect all of the other animal characters in the story. The animals are each called in turn to tell their side of the story to King Lion until he learns that the problem can be traced back to the mosquito. This is another Verna Aardema story that is great for teaching or pointing out story sequence and cause and effect.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears

    I like to create story boards & literature linked activities for emergent readers, and especially for my grandchildren. This book offers a fun combination of "insect lore" & folk tales. Since some of my grands are multi-racial (part African American & more!), it speaks to their roots, as well. I will also share this story when I take them camping for the first time, so they'll have a fun way to understand :"why mosquitos buzz in people's ears"! The artwork is also beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

    This book is a west african tale about a mosquito that ends up causing quite a stirr in the jungle. It is a great book that has a good point, and has a cute ending....' Is everyone still made at me' The mosquito buzzes..He is anwsered with a 'KPAO'. This drawings in this book are amazing! This would be good for 3rd grade students!Aardema, Verna. Why Mosquetoes Buzz in People\'s Ears. New York, NY: Dail Books for Young Readers, 1975.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    College Review for Class

    Have you and a friend ever had a misunderstanding? That is just what happens in this book, ¿Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People¿s Ears.¿ One day mosquito was telling his friend iguana, ¿I saw a farmer digging yams that were almost as big as I am.¿ Then iguana replied grumpily back to mosquito, ¿What¿s a mosquito compared to a yam?¿ ¿I would rather be deaf than listen to such nonsense!¿ Then he stuck two sticks in his ears and takes off. Because iguana had sticks stuck in his ears, he could not hear python¿s greeting, which frighten him and so he dove into the nearest rabbit hole. Which caused rabbit to run away and when crow saw rabbit running he raised the alarm that danger was near. When monkey heard the alarm he when leaping though the trees and broke a branch and it fell on owl¿s nest killing an owlet. With her owlet die, mother owl was so heart broken, she couldn¿t hoot to awake the sun and so night continued, and then king lion called a meeting to investigate what the problem was, and where it had started. To find out if the problem gets solved, and why do mosquitoes buzz in people¿s ears you need to read the rest of the book. The author of this book, Verna Aardema, was born in New Era, Michigan on June 6, 1911. Raised with eight brothers and sisters, Verna would sneak off to read a book, avoiding her chores. After graduating from Michigan State University in 1934, she taught school in Michigan from 1934 to 1973. While raising her children, she would tell them ¿feeding¿ stories which where folktales taken from Africa. She wrote more than 25 books which were based on stories from Africa. Verna loved to attend storytelling sessions for young people. She passed away in August of 2000, but her spirit lives on in many books she wrote for children. Aardema, Verna. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People¿s Ears. New York: Penguin Young Readers Group, 1975

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2001

    Brilliant Exploration of Cause and Effect

    The book was the Caldecott Medal winner in 1976 for the best illustrated children's book of that year. The book is a retold version of a West African folk tale which will charm anyone who hears it. This book is not only good for parents to read to their children, it is also appropriate for use in the classroom for K - 2nd grade. The book subtly explores the unseen hand of causation to expand children's horizons about the effects of what they do. In so doing, it raises a number of interesting issues that you can discuss together. The story is organized as follows. A mosquito sets off a string of causation. At the end of the causation, there is an investigation which gradually unveils the causation. Realizing the causation solves the problem, and has an unintended consequence. The book's overall point is that we all need to be better listeners. Since poor communication and listening are the most important causes of problems, this story can be the foundation to focus a child on improving in both of those areas. 'The mosquito siad, 'I saw a farmer digging yams that were almost as big as I am.'' 'I would rather be deaf than listen to such nonsense!' was the Iguana's reaction. So he put 2 sticks into his ears to block out the sound of the mosquito. (Hardly a good role model for listening.) Because Iguana could not hear, he ignored Python's greeting. Frightened by this, Python dived down the nearest rabbit hole. Doing this caused the rabbit to scurry away. Crow spotted the rabbit running, and raised the alarm that danger was near. Monkey heard the cry and leapt through the trees. One of the branches broke, and Monkey fell into Owl's nest killing an owlet. When Mother Owl returned, she was so heart broken she could not hoot to awaken the sun. So night continued. King Lion called a meeting of the animals to investigate. Beginning with Owl, he uncovers the source of the problem. The last to be questioned was Iguana. 'Yes,' said the iguana. 'It was mosquito's fault.' The cry went up, 'Punish the mosquito!' 'When Mother Owl heard that, she was satisfied. She turned her head towards the east and hooted . . . .' 'And the sun came up.' Mosquito has listened to all this from a nearby bush. Mosquito crept away. 'But because of this the mosquito has a guilty consicence.' 'To this day she goes about whining in people's ears. 'Zeee! Is everyone still angry at me?'' 'When she does that, she gets an honest answer.' The illustrations are based on cut-outs of vivid pastel shades that make the story even more lively. As you can see, the book takes causation past where responsibility really goes. So you will have a chance to discuss that mosquito wasn't really guilty of the owlet's death. It was just an accident. The mosquito was an indirect cause of the owlet's death, but not a blameworthy one. Iguana plays a much bigger and more blameworthy role, but is still not a murderer. But everyone tends to see the blame lying elsewhere (in this story, as in real life). Obviously, the science facts are not all correct here. The sun would rise anyway, and the mosquito's sound probably plays some role in reproduction. You should discuss with your child how the human mind makes associations that are not logical and miss the real causes. Also, who should be punished in this story? Actually, no one, but societies tend to create punishments even for innocent activity. This animal group is no exception. Despite not being guilty, mosquito still feels uncomfortable. This is a good thing to discuss. Victims of crimes often blame themselves for somehow causing their own victimization. Finally, what would have been a better response by Iguana? Why did Python run rather than sticking around to get better information? You can use these areas to help you child understand the important role of questions in unlocking solutions. I also suggest that you practice a little together. Find some event, and try to trace the

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    Posted March 16, 2009

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