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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (1975)

by Verna Aardema, Diane Dillon (Illustrator), Scholastic Video Collection

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

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When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

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Patterned language evokes the original, oral form of this West African tale of the annoying mosquito, who caused a chain reaction resulting in darkness, as Owl refused to call to the sun. The animals sit in judgment as the story is revealed, and the mosquito is, rightly, blamed for starting it all. So even today, when one whines in our ear....smack! ( )
  JennyArch | Aug 29, 2021 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
This picture book was published in 1975. It was a Caldecott Award winner in 1976. It is based on an African legend. It tells a cumulative tale that includes dishonesty, as the mosquito lies to other animal, which leads to tragedy. The mosquito then hides due to what they caused, and this leads to the folk story as why mosquitos buzz in people's ears. The artwork in the story is very bold and unique. I believe students would enjoy the illustrations that accompany the story, and it would definitely enhance the story telling.
  Jeff.Condon | Jul 24, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Verna Aardemaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dillon, DianeIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Scholastic Video Collectionmain authorall editionsconfirmed
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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When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

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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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