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Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears : a West African tale / retold by Verna Aardema ; pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon.

Aardema, Verna. (Author). Dillon, Leo. (illustrator.). Dillon, Diane. (illustrator.). Wallerstein, Warren. (book producer.). Tehon, Atha. (book designer.). Dial Press. (publisher.). Holyoke Lithograph Co. (printer.). Rainbows Inc. (printer.). Composing Room, Inc. (compositor.). Economy Bookbinding Corporation. (binder.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Knoxville Public Library.
  • 5 of 5 copies available at Potter-Tioga Library System. (Show)

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0 current holds with 5 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Knoxville Public Library J398.2 AAR (Text) 30543003731075 Juvenile Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0803760892
  • ISBN: 9780803760899
  • ISBN: 0803760876 (lib. bdg.)
  • ISBN: 9780803760875 (lib. bdg.)
  • ISBN: 0803760884
  • ISBN: 9780803760882
  • Physical Description: 30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Dial Press, [1975]

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General Note:
Art techniques used: Airbrushed watercolor, pastels and india ink applied in a stencil affect using vellum.
"Separations by Rainbows, Inc., composition by The Composing Room, Inc., binding by Economy Bookbinding Corp., production by Warren Wallerstein, design by Atha Tehon"--T.p. verso.
Summary, etc.:
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!
Target Audience Note:
770L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader LG 4.0 0.5 0.5 5550
Awards Note:
Caldecott Medal, 1976.
Subject: Animals > Juvenile fiction.
Folklore > Africa, West > Juvenile fiction.
Blame > Juvenile fiction.
Jungle animals > Juvenile fiction.
Mosquitoes > Juvenile fiction.
Animals > Folklore.
Folklore > Africa, West.
Ashanti (African people) > Folklore.
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