Saturday, July 30, 2011

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aaredema; Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon - Winner of the Caldecott Medal for its illustrations.

Why Mosquitoes is a West African Tale about how an annoying mosquito causes a chain reaction that ultimately ends in a baby owl being killed. Because the baby owl was killed the Mother Owl would not raise the sun to start the day. Leave it to a mosquito to ruin an life. How many times has a mosquito ruined your day?

Instead of facing the animal counsel the mosquito runs away and hides. He decides he needs to spread his message to the only ones left that will listen to him, humans. Can you guess what happens?

The tale itself was amusing and my daughter thought the ending was funny. I can see why this book one the award for illustrations. The illustrations were done in watercolor with a technique that provided a color variation that made the characters come alive. The details of each of the animals make this book a must read.

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