Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

A West African Tale
Aardema, Verna (Book - 1975)
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Authors: Aardema, Verna
Statement of Responsibility: retold by Verna Aardema ; pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon
Title: Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears
a West African tale
Publisher: Dial Press, [c1975]
Characteristics: [30] p. : col. ill. ;
Notes: A cumulative why tale from West Africa of the disaster that befalls the jungle when mosquito tells lies
Local Note: Published also by Dial Books for Young Readers and Puffin Pied Piper
Subject Headings: Tales Africa, West Caldecott Medal
Topical Term: Tales
Caldecott Medal
Additional Contributors: Dillon, Leo. Illustrator
Dillon, Diane Illustrator
LCCN: 74002886
Branch Call Number: J 398.2 A
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This is a good book. I had to read the book twice before I understood what was going on in the book, but all in all parents this is a good book for your child to read. I have always wanted to know why mosquitoes buzz in my ear when I am outside. This retold West African Tale is a good way to explain that question to children. The illustrations are amazing throughout the book. Parents if your little one loves animals, this is a good book for them to read. The next time they hear a mosquito buzzing in their ear, they will know why.


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In this well-illustrated book, mosquito tells Iguana something that upsets him so much that he places sticks in his ears. From that moment on trouble starts in the jungle. The python suspect the Iguana does not like him, which leads him into the hole rabbit stays in. Rabbit runs out of her home, which alerts monkey. Monkey kills Owl’s baby, and now owl cannot let the sun rise again. Will this jungle ever get to the bottom of the buzz from the mosquito?


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“So it was the mosquito who annoyed the iguana, who frightened the python, who scared the rabbit, who startled the crow, who alarmed the monkey, who killed the owlet, and now Mother Owl won’t wake the sun so that the day come.”


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