Thursday, February 2, 2012

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ear Review

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Scholastic is a trusted name in education. I especially correlate them with books and reading but they are known for encouraging a child's love of learning in all areas. Their #1 award-winning children's DVD series, Scholastic Storybook Treasures: Read-Along DVDs helps enhance learning in children. Ever since I was introduced to them earlier this year, they have fast become a favorite DVD for both me and my 4 year old.

One of the newest Scholastic Storybook Treasures: Read-Along DVDs, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears...and more African folk tales, is perfect to help celebrate Black History Month. This DVD brings us 5 stories, 2 of which have never been released before. 

Here is the synopsis of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears...and more African folk tales from the back of the DVD case:

You can collect the entire library of Scholastic Storybook Treasures and read along on screen with your favorite classic children's stories, brought vividly to life on DVD.
*Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, narrated by James Earl Jones: A tall tale sets off a chain of mishaps through the jungle grapevine--from Mosquito to Iguana to Python to Owl.
*Hot Hippo: by Bruce Hobson, illustrated by Adrienne Kennaway: Hippo promises not to eat Ngai's little fishes in exchange for being allowed to live in the cool water instead of on dry land.
*Not So Fast Songololo: Written and illustrated by Niki Daly: In this warm and tender story, Malusi, a South African boy, spends a delightful day shopping in the city with his grandmother, Gogo.
*The Village of Round and Square Houses: Written and illustrated by Ann Grifalconi: A young girl from the West African village of Tos movingly tells how the men came to live in square houses and the women in round ones.
*Who's in Rabbit's House?: by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, narrated by James Earl Jones: Adapted from a Masai folktale, a rabbit can't get  into her house because a creature is hiding inside.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears...and more African folk tales not only brings you wonderful award winning stories, but those stories also help teach our children about cooperation, friendship and problem solving, perfect for children ages 4-8.

My 4 year old enjoyed watching and "reading" the stories. He loves being read to and is just started to read a little as well, so these are wonderful for helping introduce him to new words visually. These are perfect for watching in the car or other times when I cannot physically read a book to him. Plus, they are award winning books for a reason. They are books, I think, every child should hear.

 Thank you to Foundry Comm for my sample used in this review, opinions are honest. Review by Michelle.

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