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Zzzng! Zzzng! Zzzng!: A Yoruba Tale (Venture-Health & the Human Body)

Gershator, Phillis

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ISBN 10: 0531088731 / ISBN 13: 9780531088739
Published by Orchard Books (NY), 1998
Used Condition: Good
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Title: Zzzng! Zzzng! Zzzng!: A Yoruba Tale (...

Publisher: Orchard Books (NY)

Publication Date: 1998

Book Condition:Good

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When Ear, Leg, and Arm refuse to marry Mosquito, she shows them that she is not to be ignored.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 2-It is the time when all things on earth are finding mates. Mosquito asks Ear to marry her. Ear refuses, saying "You're so small and weak, you won't last in this world at all," and chooses to marry Head, who is "round and clever." The insect tries again and again to find a husband, singing, "Here I come zzzum-zzzum/to hum zzzum-zzzum/and sing zzzng-zzzng/rain or shine zzzng-zzzng/I'm yours zzzng zzzng/if you're mine zzzng-zzzng./Let us marry,/marry,/marry!" But Arm weds Chest and Leg commits to Hips. Mosquito vows to prove that she is not small and weak and bites Arm and Leg. She also keeps Ear awake: "Are you listening, Ear?/ZZZNG-ZZZNG, ZZZNG-ZZZNG./I'm still around in this world!" Even after she finds a mosquito mate, she continues to bite and buzz. The deeply colored paintings with black outlines show a bold bug proposing to the different body parts, which are shaded in warm tones. The illustrations span the tops of double-page spreads or fill the left-hand pages, with clear text on white space beneath or to the right, making for a flowing design. The words of the insect's songs spiral through the illustrations. Kids will enjoy Mosquito's revenge and her onomatopoetic verses. An author's note provides sources for the story. A strongly executed version of a clever how-and-why tale.
Sally Bates Goodroe, Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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