Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears: a West African tale

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Dial Press, 1975 - Juvenile Fiction - 30 pages
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In this astonishingly beautiful and imaginatively illustrated picture book, Mosquito tells Iguana a tall tale that sets off a chain reaction that ends in jungle disaster. Iguana is so upset at being told such nonsense that he plugs his ears. So, of course, when Python says good morning, Iguana doesn't hear and ignores him altogether. Python suspects Iguana is plotting mischief against him, so he hides in a rabbit hole - which terrifies Rabbit. And so this amusing African legend goes, until finally the chain of mishaps reaches Mother Owl, who reacts by refusing to hoot and wake in the sun.

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User Review  - Kate_Schulte078 - LibraryThing

This would be a good book to read when talking about myths and folklore. I think children would enjoy it because of the rhythmic pattern that is used throughout. Read full review

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User Review  - MelissaKlatt - LibraryThing

Summary: This story recounts an African legend. A mosquito in the story lies to a lizard. The lizard then puts sticks in its ears to frighten another animal in the story, causing disorder among all ... Read full review

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About the author (1975)

Aardema grew up in New Era, Michigan as the third in a family of n ine children. A cedar swamp in the back of her house served a s her inspiration and retreat as a young aspiring writer.
* At Michigan State College, Verna took many writing courses, but none that were aimed at writing for children.She didn't think about the children 's book field until many years later, when she had to make up stories to get her baby daughter to eat.
* Verna writes mostly African folktales because of her fascination with that infinitely diverse continent. Out of its jungles, deserts, and great plains have come some of the most unusual and charming folktales in the world.
* As of today, Verna has published over 25 books and is still working on more. Her books have been translated into French, Spa nish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese and Afrikaans.
* Verna lives in North Fort Myers, Florida, with her husband, Albert.

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Leo and Diane Dillon are an award winning illustrator pair that have collaborated of book projects for more than fifty years, winning two consecutive Caldecott Medals for "Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears" and "Ashanti To Zulu: African Traditions".?They have also received five "New York Times" Best Illustrated Books Awards, ?five Coretta Scott King Honors and one Coretta Scott King Award?and many other awards and distinctions.?They live and work in Brooklyn, New York.

Virginia Hamilton was the first Black to win the Newbery Medal. She has also been awarded the Coretta Scott King Award, the National Book Award, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
Leo and Diane Dillon have won the Caldecott Medal twice.

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