Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears
Retold by: Verna Aardema
Illustrators: Leo & Diane Dillon
Copyright 1975 Dial Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0-8037-6089-2
Genre: Folklore

In this ancient African tale, the reader enters the world of several animals who lay blame on one another when a tragedy takes place in the jungle.  In the beginning, a mosquito tells a lie that sets a series of events into motion.  When the lion, king of the jungle, calls each animal before him to explain its actions, the animals learn that it is all the mosquito’s fault.  With this tale, storytellers provided an explanation for why the sun rises in the morning and why mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears.  With beautifully created illustrations, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears is an excellent example of quality folklore retold for the contemporary reader.

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