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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
by Verna Aardema
Illustration by Diane Dillon

A Caldecott Medal winner, this retelling of a traditional West African tale reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.

Age: 4 Year-olds | Title: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale  |  Author: Verna Aardema  |  Publisher: Puffin Books

A Caldecott Medal winner, this retelling of a traditional West African tale reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.

Little ones are known for asking questions about everything. Now you can answer at least one of them with this retelling of the West African tale, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ear. A Caldecott Medal winner tells the tale about a mosquito who has annoyed a iguana with its buzz, causing a cascading chain of events to occur in the jungle. When the source of the problem is traced back to the mosquito, the tiny bug hides, afraid of retribution. The tiny bug was never found and punished by the other forest animals. Now, mosquitoes fly next to human ears and ask, "Zeee! Is everyone still angry at me?" And the response of smacking them is the truth - yes!

The pictures are tribal looking with bold white outlines separating colors and joints rather than the typical black outlines. The images are a mixture of angular patterns and long smooth curves.  The colors are the beautifully varied and bright like the colors found in nature. Children are attracted to such colors and will likely stroke the pictures searching for texture. The story is also filled with original sound words: the iguana makes the noise 'mek, mek, mek' as he travels through the reeds, his bobbling head goes 'badamin, badamin,badamin,' and the python slithers into a rabit hole going 'wasawusu, wasawusu, wasawusu'. 

My niece had actually asked me why mosquitoes buzz once, so when I saw this book I was excited to share it with her. After reading the tale, she asked if mosquitoes buzzing is really them asking us a question. I said I wasn't sure, but if they are asking me if I'm still mad at them, the answer is certainly YES - I'm allergic!
 
--Audra
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