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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears A West African Tale Author:Verna Aardema, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator) A mosquito tells an iguana such a preposterous tall tale that the iguana puts sticks in his ears so he won't have to hear her nonsense. This causes a chain of events that upsets ALL the animals. When King Lion calls a council to solve the problem, the animals realize the mosquito is at fault. To this day, mosquitoes whine in people's ears to ask... more » if everyone is still angry.« less
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Rebecca - reviewed Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale on
Helpful Score: 3
This is a great story that teaches us the consequences of telling a lie. A mosquito tells a lie to an iguana and this causes other events to happen. In the story we are introduced to many animals and sounds each animal makes. For example, the crow cried kaa, kaa, kaa. The story is cumulative and repeats the sequence of events as the community figures out the truth. The ending is funny as we learn why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears. The story does have a death of a baby owl so might no be appropriate for young children.
This is the Weekly Reader version of this Caldecott Medal winning book. The story is an African folk tale involving a mosquito who caused such a disturbance that mother owl's owlet is injured and dies and mother owl will not come out and wake the sun. The mosquito escapes the wrath of the animal council but still today buzzes about asking "Zee is everyone still mad at me?"
The illustrations of the animals throughout are very interesting. The illustrations are actually water colors, pastels and india ink which were then cut out of vellum to create the wood cut effect as seen on the cover.