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Por qué zumban los mosquitos en los oídos de la gente : un cuento de Africa Occidental
Aardema, Verna.
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Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears. Spanish
Publication Information:
Nueva York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.
Reading Level:
0 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 5550.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.1 2 Quiz: 09291.
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PZ74.1 .A2 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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.

Author Notes

Verna Aardema was born on June 6, 1911 in New Era Michigan. She received her B.A. degree from Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences in 1934. She was a grade school teacher from 1934 to 1973 and staff correspondent for the Muskegon Chronicle from 1951 to 1972.

Aardema started writing children's stories in the 1950's, and in 1960 she published her first books, Tales from the Story Hat and The Sky God Stories. She specializes in the modernization and adaptation of traditional African folktales. In the 1970s, Aardema joined illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon and produced three picture books. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears received the Caldecott Medal in 1976 and the Brooklyn Art Books for Children Award in 1977. Who's in Rabbit's House? was the 1977 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award winner in 1978. Aardema received the Children's Reading Round Table Award in 1981, and several of her books have been selected as Notable Books by the American Library Association. Oh Kojo! How Could You! won the 1984 Parents' Choice Award for Literature.

Verna Aardema died in 2000.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Blanco's wonderful Spanish rendition maintains Aardema's unique onomatopoeic text and resonates with the beauty, rhythm, and cadence of the Spanish language. This impressive 1976 Caldecott winner is definitely a special treat for young Spanish speakers worldwide.

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.