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  • Published: New York : Dial Press, [1975]
  • Year Published: 1975
  • Description: [30] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0803760892
  • 9780803760899

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Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears : a West African tale

by Aardema, Verna.

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Where To Find It

Call number: E AAR, R Caldecott Medal 1976

Available Copies: Downtown Youth PicBks, West Youth Picture Books

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A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit. A mosquito annoyed the iguana, who frightened the python, who scared the rabbit...and now the whole jungle is in an uproar because the sun won't rise. The animals discuss the situation and decide to punish the mosquito. Even today, whenever we hear a mosquito buzz, we smack it hard!

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Interesting, but not the best

I really enjoy the artwork, but I have never loved the plot. I always felt that it didn't quite add up right.


Loved this book!! Great story.

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