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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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.