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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

A West African Tale
Aardema, Verna (Book - 1975)
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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
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A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit. A mosquito annoyed the iguana, who frightened the python, who scared the rabbit ... and now the whole jungle is in an uproar because the sun won't rise. The animals discuss the situation and decide to punish the mosquito. Even today, whenever we hear a mosquito buzz, we smack it hard!
Authors: Aardema, Verna
Title: Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears
a West African tale
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, c1975
Characteristics: [30] p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: retold by Verna Aardema ; pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon
Notes: "Separations by Rainbows, Inc., composition by The Composing Room, Inc., binding by Economy Bookbinding Corp., production by Warren Wallerstein, design by Atha Tehon"--T.p. verso
Art techniques used: Airbrushed watercolor, pastels and india ink applied in a stencil affect using vellum
Summary: A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit. A mosquito annoyed the iguana, who frightened the python, who scared the rabbit ... and now the whole jungle is in an uproar because the sun won't rise. The animals discuss the situation and decide to punish the mosquito. Even today, whenever we hear a mosquito buzz, we smack it hard!
Awards & Distinctions: Caldecott Medal, 1976
Additional Contributors: Dillon, Diane Illustrator
Dillon, Leo Illustrator
ISBN: 9780803760882
0803760884
9780803760875
0803760876
9780803760899
0803760892
Branch Call Number: jE AARDEMA
Study Program: Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning LG 4.0 0.5
Subject Headings: Ashanti (African people) Folklore Folklore Africa, West Animals Folklore Mosquitoes Juvenile fiction Jungle animals Juvenile fiction Blame Juvenile fiction Folklore Africa, West Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Ashanti (African people)
Folklore
Animals
Mosquitoes
Jungle animals
Blame
Folklore
Additional Physical Form Entry: Online version: Aardema, Verna. Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears. New York : Dial Press, [1975] (OCoLC)608407627
LCCN: 74002886
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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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