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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 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 ... more »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.« less
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.
I love this book. As a music teacher, it provides ample opportunities to get the students involved in vocal play, instrument play and acting. The story is a wonderful fable for children who are telling whopper tales and the consequences of such. The illustrations are beautiful. Can you tell? I love this book!