It’s Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears …and More African Folk Tales, hitting DVD from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
Perfect for celebrating Black History Month and learning about stories from the African tradition, Scholastic Storybook Treasuresâ„¢ presents five stories on DVD, two of which have never before been released: “Not So Fast Songololo” and “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” In the title tale “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” — a Caldecott Medal winner and West African origin story from author Verna Ardema and illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon — a mosquito lies to a lizard, who puts sticks in his ears and ends up frightening another animal, which down a long line causes a panic. In the end, an owlet is killed and the owl is too sad to wake the sun until the animals hold court and find out who is responsible. The mosquito is eventually found out, but hides in order to escape punishment. So now, it constantly buzzes in people’s ears to find out if everyone is still angry at it. Other stories include “Hot Hippo” and “The Village of Round and Square Houses”, and the DVD includes Scholastic’s ever-popular read-along function.
The original stories have won the prestigious Caldecott Medal Award, the Horn Book Fanfare Award, and more. Combined, the original books have sold more than 150,000 copies. The Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs consistently win awards from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Parents’ Choice, NAPPA and other organizations.
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