Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

A West African Tale

Aardema, Verna

Book - 1975
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
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!

Publisher: New York : Dial Press, c1975
ISBN: 0803760892
Branch Call Number: jE AARDEMA
Characteristics: [30] p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm


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Feb 12, 2015
  • muffinpopcorn rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Not my kind of story , rather boring .

Mar 24, 2013

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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Mar 24, 2013

jrmccowan thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over


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Mar 24, 2013

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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Mar 24, 2013

“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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