Por Que Zumban los Mosquitos en los Oidos de la Gente: un Cuento de Africa Occidental (Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale)

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A mosquito annoyed the iguana, who frightened the python, who scared the rabbit-and now the whole jungle is in an uproar because the sun won't rise. The animals discuss the situation and decide to punish the mosquito. Even today whenever we hear a mosquito buzz, we smack it hard! Leo and Diane Dillon won the 1976 Caldecott Medal for Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, making Leo Dillon the first African-American artist to be so honored. Now this classic, which has delighted ...

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A mosquito annoyed the iguana, who frightened the python, who scared the rabbit-and now the whole jungle is in an uproar because the sun won't rise. The animals discuss the situation and decide to punish the mosquito. Even today whenever we hear a mosquito buzz, we smack it hard! Leo and Diane Dillon won the 1976 Caldecott Medal for Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, making Leo Dillon the first African-American artist to be so honored. Now this classic, which has delighted millions of children, is at last available in Spanish.

A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.

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K-Gr 3-A Spanish version of the charming African folktale. When the animals wrongly interpret the actions of fellow creatures, Lion, the King of the forest, must step in to set matters straight. Surprisingly, it is the insignificant mosquito who is at the root of the calamity. In this fine translation, Blanco maintains the colorful, descriptive quality of the text. The Dillons' beautifully rendered Caldecott Award-winning illustrations are evocative of folk art and thus suit the text to a tee. This gorgeous picture book is equally appropriate for individual reading or reading aloud. A must-have.-Tania Colmant-Donabedian, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803722989
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Ediciones Dial Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 425,253
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Cute folktake!

    This story is a West African tale retold by Verna Aardema. Leo and Diana Dillon do the illustrations. The illustrations are in a mosaic style with beautiful rich colors. The story is about a mosquito who causes a chain reaction that ends in the death of a baby owl. It¿s a cute story that will get children to thinking about why animals and insects behave the way they do.

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