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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (1975)

by Verna Aardema

Other authors: Diane Dillon (Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Illustrator), James Earl Jones (Narrator)

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Reveals the meaning of the mosquito's buzz.

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Individual Reading Level: Grade 2
Awards: Caldecott Medal (1976) and The Brooklyn Art Books for Children Award (1977) ( )
  sopthomas | Dec 7, 2023 |
An African folktale explaining the origins of mosquitoes.
Received the Caldecott Medal in 1976 and the Brooklyn Art Books for Children Award in 1977. ( )
  madison02 | Dec 7, 2023 |
This book invites readers to explore how we are connected to nature and how our actions cause impact. ( )
  Amyshubby | Dec 6, 2023 |
Independent reading level: 1-4
Awards:Caldecott Medal and the Brooklyn Art Books for Children Award
  csehr | Dec 5, 2023 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades 2-3
Awards: Caldecott Award
  lazwilliams | Dec 5, 2023 |
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Verna Aardemaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dillon, DianeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, James EarlNarratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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One morning a mosquito saw an iguana drinking at a waterhole.
Is everyone still mad at me?
Mosquito told me such a big lie, I couldn't bear to listen to it. So I put sticks in my ears.
I'd rather be deaf than listen to such nonsense!
It was the mosquito's fault
The mosquito said, "I saw a farmer digging yams that were almost as big as I am."
"What's a mosquito compared to a yam?" snapped the iguana grumpily.
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Reveals the meaning of the mosquito's buzz.

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This West African pourquoi tale explains why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears. It all starts with Mosquito telling a lie to Iguana. Tired of listening to Mosquito, Iguana puts twigs in his own ears. When Python tries to talk to Iguana and Iguana doesn't respond to him, it sets off a chain of events that leads to the sun not rising in the morning. King Lion must learn the story of the events leading back to Mosquito's lie in order to get Mother Owl to call the sun. The story is enhanced by beautiful Caldecott winning illustrations.

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