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"In this Caldecott Medal winner, Mosquito tells a story that causes a jungle disaster. "Elegance has become the Dillons' hallmark. . . . Matching the art is Aardema's uniquely onomatopoeic text . . . An impressive showpiece."-Booklist, starred review.Winner of Caldecott Medal in 1976 and the Brooklyn Art Books for Children Award in 1977.From the Trade Paperback edition....

Title : Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
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ISBN : 9780803760899
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears Reviews

  • Ronyell
    2019-02-10 16:27

    “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” is a Caldecott Award winning folktale from Africa about the consequences of lying to other people and how they affect others. Verna Aardema’s playful narrative and Leo and Diane Dillon’s colorful and vibrant illustrations make this book an instant treat for children and adults alike. Verna Aardema’s magnificent retelling of an ancient West African folktale is both funny and dramatic. The story of how a mosquito’s lie eventually causes chaos in the forest and the unfortunate death of one of Mother Owl’s owlets is an extremely dramatic moment in this book and it teaches children how lying can affect other people in a negative way, whether it involves the person having a bad reputation because of the lie or it results in someone getting seriously hurt in a physical or a mental way. Leo and Diane Dillon’s vibrant illustrations are colorful and creative as they display the animals in a flat style and design the other animals to be larger than the mosquito (even though in reality, the mosquito is smaller than the other animals) which might suggest that the mosquito is more like a small pest while the other animals were trying to go about their business in the forest. Parents should know that this story involves the death of a child and that would upset many sensitive children and adults. Many parents would feel sympathy for Mother Owl as one of her owlets gets killed and how distraught she was when she finds out about this incident as many parents who lost their children before would relate deeply to this situation. Also, small children might be frighten about he subject matter of death and parents need to reassure them about how they will always be there for their child and how death is apart of life (how you would explain to them about death is up to you). “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” is a wonderful and cautious book about the consequences of telling people lies and many children would surely enjoy this classic book for many generations. Of course, I would recommend this book for children ages five and older since it does deal with the death of a child.Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  • Stanley
    2019-02-02 21:25

    I don't usually write reviews, but this is one of my favorite books. I use it every year in my class to teach about community. Specifically, how the actions of one member of the community can adversely affect others. The language and the pictures are awesome, too!

  • Galib
    2019-02-02 19:21

    আফ্রিকান রুপকথা।একজনের আচরণ, সমাজে অন্যের উপরও প্রভাব ফেলে/ফেলতে পারে ; সেটাই গল্পাকারে উপস্থাপন করা হয়েছে।

  • Rumana Nasrin
    2019-02-02 21:12

    ইলাস্ট্রেশনওয়ালা ভার্সন পেলাম না অনেক খুঁজেও! :(

  • Laura
    2019-02-06 20:32

    1976 Caldecott MedalThis folk tale is written in a cumulative or a chain format, similar to other popular children's books such as: Their Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, This is the House that Jack Built, and The Napping House. I think it could open up some great discussion on the effects our behavior can have on those around us, being honest, and taking time to communicate. I only wish the illustrations were done better. They fit the story, but they just didn't feel engaging enough.

  • Kiera Burnett
    2019-02-05 15:16

    Summary and Critique:This west African tale uses all of the key features of a modern folktale, including talking animals, personification, and the explanation of naturally occurring events. When a buzzing mosquito sets the animals in a tizzy, it is up to King Lion to sort out the mess using a classic reversal of events. This book would be ideal for teaching cause and effect or allowing students to practice reversal strategies of their own. Additionally, the author uses countless sound words throughout the story, one of my favorite literary tricks. I would love to use this book as a leeway into having students write their own explanation of why a natural event occurs. In addition to a strong literary basis, this book contains gorgeous illustrations. Just by flipping through the pages, one can see an entire rainbow of colors. It is also interesting to see how on the pages where one animal is blaming another, the accused animal is depicted as ferocious. The subsequent page explains that said animal was not to blame and the pattern repeats until it is traced back to the pesky mosquito.Classroom use:I would incorporate this book into a unit about folklore around the world.Genre: FolkloreFormat: Picture BookReading level: Grades 3-4Theme: Animals, BlameTopic: Explaining animal behaviorsGender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status: Because this is an African folktale, it presents African individuals as the majority. While this is accurate, it is not always a racial portrayal with which children are familiar.

  • Dolly
    2019-01-27 21:05

    This is a fun story, along the lines of "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly..." And our girls said it reminded them of Crazy Alphabet by Lynn Cox. In any case, it's a story that builds upon itself one creature at a time. It's fun to read aloud and the illutrations are angular and look almost primitive. We really enjoyed reading this book together.This book was selected as one of the books for the October 2015 - Quarterly Caldecott discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.

  • ABC
    2019-02-06 16:05

    I got this book when I was a kid, but I didn't care for the illustrations so I don't think I ever read it.Well, approximately twenty years later I have read it to my five year old child, and I still don't like it. Now, as an adult, I like the pictures. They are not typical cute drawings, but they are interesting. Now I don't care for the story--it's rather boring and involves the death of an owlet and its mourning mother. Worth reading once, but not worth buying. (Luckily our copy is from the library!)

  • midnightfaerie
    2019-02-02 14:09

    A great educational book for your children over the preschool age. My 5 yr old loved it. Lots of good information with beautiful pictures that will help keep children engaged. Aardema is wonderful for an addition to a geography or history lesson. And this one is a Caldecott award winner so it's worth the read for the illustrations alone. A great addition to any children's library.

  • Melissa Coyle
    2019-02-21 20:26

    How a lie has a dreadful consequence!

  • Juwairiyah Sa-eed Abubakar
    2019-02-17 16:08

    loved this book!!!

  • AgnesO
    2019-02-13 15:32

    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears is a Caldecott Award winning picture book written by Verna Aardema and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. I selected the book from the ALSC website. In this pourquoi tale, the author retells an African story of how the mosquito developed its habit of buzzing. According to the tale, which is written in a cumulative format, the mosquito spotted the iguana drinking at a waterhole and announced, “I saw a farmer digging yams that were almost as big as I am.” The iguana, annoyed by the mosquito’s nonsense, put sticks in its ears and moved away from the insect. With its ears plugged, the iguana could not hear the snake’s greeting and continued mindlessly on its path. The snake, convinced that the iguana must be angry and scheming against it, looked for a place to hide and slithered into a rabbit hole. The rabbit, terrified at the snake’s sight, jumped out of its burrow and raced through the forest. The crow noticed the frightened rabbit and, thinking that there must be some danger, cawed to alarm the forest creatures. When the money heard the crow’s warning, it leaped through the treetops to caution the other animals accidently killing an owlet. The Mother Owl, overwhelmed with mourning, neglected her duties of waking the sun. Once the animals, with King Lion in charge, finally deciphered the sequence of events, they blamed the mosquito for the tragedy. And then, the readers learn why mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears…The artwork in this picture book is magnificent. The vibrant illustrations capture the reader’s attention and delightfully portray the simple yet engaging and suspenseful plot. The vivid watercolors uniquely outline the animal characters and illuminate the tale bringing it to life. In addition to its appealing artwork, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears teaches a universal moral. Besides the message that misunderstandings can have major consequences, I think that the underlying theme in this tale is that our actions affect others and that we should take responsibility for our actions. Therefore, I think that this picture book can be implemented to teach cause and effect relationships. In particular, the animals in the story blame each other for the unfortunate events, while the mosquito hides in order to escape punishment. Furthermore, the author enriches the story through the imitative repetition of animal sounds, which are great examples for teaching onomatopoeia. The tale can also be valuable for discussing the characteristics of African folktales. Additionally, reading Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears can help students make connections to their cultural heritage. I would implement this book in grades K-3.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-27 18:23

    In this West African folk tale, a mosquito's lie makes the iguana grumpy, setting off a chain of events in the jungle that answers the question of why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears. This book would be great for elementary age children. The author gives each animal a made up sound to mimic their movement or traditional sound. The illustrations are colorful and contribute to the mood and flow of the story. This book could be used in a folk tale unit or as a funny read aloud on a camping trip. This book could also be viewed as a cautionary tale of the perils of stretching the truth or lying. Viewing it as a cautionary tale does make it a darker story overall and may be frightening to some children.

  • Makenzie Moore
    2019-02-06 18:25

    This folklore story reminded me a lot of "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly." I'm thinking this is because of the rhythmic nuance and pattern of the story. This book would be great for grades 1-6. Not only could the students catch on to the patterns near the middle-end of the story, but they could predict what is going to happen as the mosquito and the rest of the animals make their decisions. This book is also a great book to teach cause and effect. The animals' actions are the perfect example of "if this, then that", "because of this, this happened." I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found that the pictures were beautiful as well.

  • Breanna Newton
    2019-02-11 17:30

    Why Mosquito’s Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon is a sweet read about an West African tale. This book has been remade into updated versions throughout the years but the original is the best. The illustrations of the book were bright and colorful. The animals in the pictures gave a playful read to the reader as they looked like cutouts or coloring book drawings. The author lays out the text in an easy manner for the reader to understand. The mosquito started a chain reaction of events to happen which in turn led to an owlet dying and the mosquito was hiding so that he wouldn’t get punished. The tale behind this story is that mosquito’s buzz in people’s ears because they want to know if people are still angry with him. This book would be a great read for grades 1st and 2nd. As a classroom teacher, one could use this book to teach about cause and effect. A teacher could lead a discussion with the class about misunderstandings and how if left alone it can become a bigger problem. A game to play with the students could be telephone. Make sure to gather children in a circle and whisper a sentence to the child on your left or right. Have that child whisper the sentence to the next child. Continue until the sentence goes all the way around. Have the last child say the sentence aloud and share the original sentence. This would then lead to a great discussion about what happened to the original message.

  • Book Concierge
    2019-02-07 14:19

    Diane and Leo Dillon were awarded the Caldecott Medal for their woodcut illustrations of this African folk tale. When the mosquito tells the iguana what he saw, the iguana gets annoyed. Not wanting to listen to such nonsense, he plugs his ears. As a result, he doesn’t hear the python’s greeting, and the snake believes iguana is angry with him and plotting some sort of revenge. So, python looks for a hole to hide in, which frightens the rabbit …. Etc It’s a fun, repetitive story that children will enjoy listening to, and which explores the unintended consequences of our actions.

  • Julie C
    2019-02-19 13:07

    What an interesting read and such vivid pictures! The story begins with two characters talking, an iguana and a mosquito. The mosquito speaks about how it saw a farmer with yams that were as big as the mosquito, but iguana is annoyed by this lie and stuck sticks into his ears so he wouldn't have to listen to mosquito talk anymore. A snake sees his friend, the iguana, and tries to talk to him. When the iguana ignores the snake (as the iguana has sticks in his ears and cannot hear), the snake immediately thinks that the iguana is going to do something mean towards him and goes to hide in a rabbit hole. The snake entering the rabbit hole terrifies the rabbit, so the rabbit runs out and a crow, seeing the rabbit row, starts alarming the monkeys of possible impending danger. A monkey hops onto a dead tree limb, out of fear from the crow's warning, and it breaks, killing a baby owl. As the mother owl is the one who calls for night to turn into day, and her baby was just killed, she no longer calls for day and it remains dark in the world. The darkness upsets the animals and the king lion calls for a meeting. Eventually, after speaking with all of the animals involved, the king lion ends up speaking directly with the initial character of the story, the mosquito.This is a prime example of a folktale because the animals within the story not only talk, but talk to each other and different species. Additionally, the focal point of the story is the owl's ability to make the sun rise, which is certainly a superpower. The author points out on the very last page that this story is a folktale that originates from West Africa. The opening of the story reflects the Anglo-American tradition, starting with "one morning." The setting takes place in West Africa, throughout the forest. In the story, the antagonist was the mosquito, who essentially caused all of the chaos. The theme, reflecting back to how the mosquito's lie cause a domino effect with all of the animals, is to remain truthful and that lies can have major consequences. The plot is rather traditional, running through a sequence before a solution is reached, going through each animal to determine who had frightened them until it came around full circle to the mosquito. The motif could be king lion, as this is reoccuring in so many children's stories. Also, the idea of a crow flying to deliver a message is rather common. The illustrations in the story were bold and very descriptive. The illustrations paired with the text and sound effects, such as mek mek mek mek as the author describes the way the iguana moves.

  • Sofia
    2019-01-31 19:26

    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears is for me a very confusing yet interesting folktale. It all starts when Mosquito was telling Iguana such a big lie that he placed two sticks in his ears not wanting to hear more of it. Iguana passed by a python, still with the two sticks on his ears. The python greeted the Iguana not knowing about the issue and when he saw that the Iguana didn’t respond, he began to find a place to hide. The first place to hide he saw was the rabbit's hole. The rabbit got scared of the python and ran for her life. As soon as the crow saw the rabbit running, she sensed danger and decided to spread the alarm though the forest. A monkey heard him, and while he warned the other animals, he accidentally fell in one of Mother Owls babies, killing it. Mother Owl got so sad that she didn’t make the sun shine the next day. King Lion made a meeting with all the animals in the forest. At the end they found out that the animal who made all of this happen was the mosquito. Still today he goes from peoples ears asking them if they are still mad at him. Whenever he does that, he gets an honest answer… KPAO Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears is a folktale because it includes in the story it’s four parts. The first thing a folktale includes is supernatural powers. In this case, the supernatural powers are that animals can talk. For example, “Try me,” said the iguana (Page 1, paragraph 1, line 2). The second part of a folktale says that it must represent a culture. This folktale’s culture comes from Africa, because the story takes place there. The third thing it includes is that it must have a theme, in this folktale the theme is why mosquitoes buzz in peoples ears. “To this day she goes about whining in peoples ears: Zeee! Is everyone angry at me?” Fourth and last rule is that it passes from generation to generation and doesn’t have an author. It might be kind of confusing to you because in the cover it says it was written by someone, but this person didn’t really write it, in fact she took the folktale and wrote it in a book.

  • Courtney Spicer
    2019-02-15 16:15

    Aardema, V. & Dillion, L. & D. (1975). Why mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears: A west African tale. New York: Puffin Books.In this story that takes place in Africa, a mosquito flies over to an iguana to tell him about a yam that was being pulled out by a farmer. The iguana thought the mosquito was telling a huge lie, so he plugged his ears so that he wouldn’t have to hear the lies anymore. Well, his snake friend slithered by and said hello, but Iguana didn’t hear him. Snake assumed Iguana was plotting against him and hid in the rabbit’s hole. Each animal in this story is panicked about the animal before him and this alerts one character to the next. Finally, Monkey jumps from one branch and it breaks. It falls on the baby Owl, and the baby Owl dies. Mother Owl is so upset; she cannot call to wake up the sun. The night goes on and on, and finally the King of the Jungle calls a meeting to find out what is happening. He meets with each character to follow the trail back to the mosquito. Will the mosquito be punished for telling lies that led to the death of baby Owl? Why do mosquitos buzz in people’s ears?This story is set in Africa, but it is a traditional fable that could be translated into several other cultures. There is a light moral tied in, relating to the importance of telling the truth and how lies can hurt others. In this case it led to the death of baby Owl. Traditional children’s literature utilizes animals, and this story follows the typical wise lion aspect of traditional literature. It also follows a very rhythmic pattern and repeats itself in a very predictable manner. The story is told in a short timeframe and can be relatable to all ages. The illustrations are bright and intriguing. They are bold, and tell a story in themselves. The illustrations in this story can tell the story without words.

  • Felicia
    2019-02-09 17:12

    "Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears" is an African Tale that seeks to explain why mosquitos make the sound they do. The tale begins with a mosquito telling an iguana about a farmer digging yams as big as he was. The iguana thought the story was so ridiculous that he refused to listen any longer and placed sticks in his ears. What happened next was a chain of repercussions that led to the death of an owlet and the sun no longer rising."So, it was the mosquito who annoyed the iguana, who frightened the python, who scared the rabbit, who startled the crow, who alarmed the monkey, who killed the owlet - and now Mother Owl won't wake the sun so that the day can come." The mosquito never does come forward, and so the tale goes, that when a mosquito buzzes in your ear, it's actually trying to find out if everyone is still angry with him for what happened.At first glance, the colorful imagery draws the reader into the story. Simple, yet intricate designs appear throughout the illustrations, giving character and life to nonliving things. The sun appears in almost every landscape with the figure of a face looking down on the animals as the story continues to progress.Immediately after reading this tale, I started thinking about the importance of perception and this idea that perception is reality. When iguana ignored the python, python immediately jumped to the conclusion that iguana was out to get him. The trail of consequences that ensued were easily preventable had python never made such an assumption. The tale also touches on the effects of gossiping. The animals tend to jump to conclusions and run with their assumptions, adding on to the stories they've heard and embellishing them as they continue throughout the story. By the end, King Lion is trying to sort out the entire ordeal until he finally gets to the source.

  • Amanda Gary
    2019-02-11 14:24

    Have you ever spread a rumor or lie or been a part of a the annoying cycle of hear say? Well in the African Folktale Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema, mosquito causes a lot of trouble among the creatures in the forest when he spreads an silly lie about iguana. This lie is spread among the animals in the forest, which leads to a tragic event involving poor little owlet. I used this book as a community building book because my students are having a difficult time with spreading untrue things about each other, which usually leads up to an emotional break of the students who is being talked about. I believe this story could be used at any grade level as a read aloud especially since the moral has such great value to us as individuals. If a student was reading his book independently I would say late first grade to early third grade this book would be appropriate as well. The text is not too difficult but the author's message can be difficult to understand if you are a not year reading for meaning. This text can be used to teach students about the importance of not spreading rumors as well as teach them about the consequences of saying things that are not true, even if you didn't "start" the rumor. Nowadays students often say things not understanding the value or affect their words have on other people. As educators its our duty to teach kids about what it means to be a good citizen and this old folktale demonstrates the importance of being both respectful and trustworthy. I chose this book as a WOW book because I love the meaning behind the story. The pictures are also great and it teaches the students the history of stories before they were ever published in books. I just love this book and have since I was a kid!

  • Diego Marranzini
    2019-02-13 13:25

    “Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears” is a folktale. The setting in “Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears” is the forest. There are 3 big events in this folktale. They are the following: One of mother Owl’s owlets died. The King gathered a meeting to see who was guilty of this happening and interrogated a lot of animals. Finally they found out that the mosquito was the guilty one. The theme of the story is to tell you the reason why mosquitos buzz in peoples ears. The reason is that the mosquitos want to get noticed, because the other animals don’t want to talk to him because he is annoying, so the mosquitos gets in the ears and cries, “Buzz.” All the other animals wanted to punish the mosquito, because the mosquito caused the death of one of Mother Owls Owlets. The reason that this African American tale is a folktale is because it has the requirements to be a folktale. First it needs to have a superpower, and the superpower in this story is that animals can talk. I found this in. Second, it was passed from generation to generation. I don’t know if it was passed from generation to generation because in the story it doesn’t prove it. Third, this is an African folktale. I couldn’t find it in the story but in one version of the book it says in the title African American folktale. Fourth, the story must have a theme. The theme of the story is to tell you the reason why mosquitos buzz in peoples ears. The reason is that the mosquitos want to get noticed, but nobody listens to the mosquito, so the mosquitos get in the ears and cry, “Buzz.” All the other animals wanted to punish the mosquitos, because the mosquito caused the death of one of Mother Owls Owlets. I found it in page 2 last 4 paragraphs.

  • Alexis Caudill
    2019-02-04 13:18

    1. Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears is a Caldecott Metal Book. It is a cute little folk tale about a mosquito annoying and iguana. The iguana puts branches in his ears to ignore the mosquito. From there, it is like a domino effect passing down from one animal to the next explaining why mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears. It is a very silly book with really cute pictures.2. Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)This book would be great for K-2nd grade. It’s very interesting and very easy to read.3. Appropriate classroom use (subject area) (1 pt)This would be a book I would use to teach students about folk tales.4. Individual students who might benefit from reading (1 pt)Students who love animals would love this book.5. Small group use (literature circles) (1 pt)This would be a good book for students to practice reading to each other in literature circles. They could read the book aloud and then discuss what the book was about afterwards.6. Whole class use (read aloud) (1 pt)I would read this book aloud for my younger students who are just now learning to read.7. Related books in genre/subject or content area (1 pt)Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermottWhy the Sky is Far Away: A Nigerian Fold Tale by Mary-Joan GersonWhy the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky by Elphinstone Dayrell8. Multimedia connections (audio books, movie) available (1 pt)This book has an audiobook and a cute little Youtube stop motion video

  • Julio Oscar
    2019-02-16 20:31

    “Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz In Peoples Ears” was about a mosquito that said to an iguana a big lie told an iguana a big lie, so the iguana put one stick in each ear so that he wouldn’t hear for not hearing anymore lies. The python saw the iguana and said, “Good Morning!” But the iguana wasn’t listening because of the sticks in his ears. So the python thought the iguana was planning a mischief against him, so he started following the iguana. The python entered a rabbit hole when he got in the rabbit hole the rabbit saw the python and started running through the forest then a crow saw what was happening, so he started screaming, “Kaa kaa kaaa!” The monkey heard it and was alarmed, and so he started climbing, but one limb broke and he felled on top of an owlet. Monkey had accidentally killed the owlet! Mother Owl, the mother of the owlet, was out hunting for food. When she got home she started crying, and because of that, she didn’t wake up the sun(This was the problem in the folktale). In the end, they blamed mosquito, they blame him for making all this problem start.“Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz In Peoples Ears” is a folktale because: First it has no author. It is based on African belief(for example there is an lion, lions live in Africa). Third it has supernatural powers, as evidenced by the fact first that Mother Owl could wake the sun and that the animals could talk (Page 2 and all the text). Fourth it explains why mosquitoes buzz in our ears because they wonder if everybody hates them (Page 2.)

  • Monique Swafford
    2019-01-25 13:35

    “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” is an African folk tale that attempts to provide an explanation for why, in fact, mosquitoes buzz near people ears—it is that they a cursed with a guilt conscious about the drama that have caused. The books begins with the mosquito telling an iguana about seeing a farmer dig a yam that was bigger than a mosquito, but the iguana regards it as a lie and decides to put sticks in his ears to prevent himself from hearing any else the mosquito has to say. This action causes a chain of negative events that affect many creatures throughout the animal kingdom, and ultimately ends in the death of a young owlet. The death causes the owl mother to go into mourning over the loss of her baby, and she is unable to “wake” the sun up in the morning so it will shine brightly. The King Lion finally discovers who is responsible for all this drama, and orders the mosquito to be punished. This makes the owl mother pleased, and she calls out to wake up the sun. The mosquito is never caught to receive his punishment, so now he buzzes in people’s ears to get rid of his guilt and see if anyone is still mad at him. The illustrations are bright and beautiful, and the narrative uses onomatopoeia with the animal sounds after character and repetition of threes. I would recommend this book for 3rd or 4th grade students, because the narrative is denser and some of the words may be difficult for beginning readers.

  • Kendall Hagerty
    2019-02-07 13:35

    This book, "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears" teaches a lesson at the end. There are several character in the book and different animals that play a large part in the plot. The story begins with a mosquito and an iguana near a lake. The iguana becomes annoyed with the mosquito and puts sticks in his ears so he cannot hear him. Because of this, a chain of events happen and a baby owl gets killed. The beginning of the books stars with "one morning." This phrase tells the reader that on this dat, something atypical occurs. the closing of this book ends with a picture of a mosquito asking a question. Because of these events, the mosquitos' life is changed forever. The setting of this book is the jungle, where many different animals live. There are many characters in this book. These characters though, are never given detailed descriptions. The mosquito is the only animal we can really describe and this is because of how the other animals respond to his actions. The theme of this story was difficult to find and there are many different things people can come up with. I believe the theme is your actions can have consequences. The mosquito small action had a huge consequence that affected other animals. The motif of this story can be described as the animals all placing the blame on another until we finally get to the source, the mosquito.

  • Paula Torres
    2019-02-04 17:23

    “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People´s Ears” is a folktale that takes place in Africa. This story has a domino effect because an animal bothers another animal, then, that animal scares another animal until they end up killing Mother Owl´s owlet. What starts all this conflict is when the mosquito annoys the iguana. Another cause is when the crow alarmed the monkey, who fell and killed Mother Owl’s owlet. Since Mother Owl´s owlet died, she was very sad, too sad to wake the sun, and the night lasted long time. At the end, King Lion got to the conclusion that it was all the mosquitoes fault but, since the mosquito hid under the leaf he was not found and was not punished. Now, the mosquito comes to your ear and asks if everyone is angry at him and the answer he gets is a slap. “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People´s Ears” is a folktale, because it has supernatural powers, in that animals can talk: “Try me,” said the iguana” (pg. 1). It is based on a specific culture or tradition. This book mentions a King Lion. The only place where live is Africa. It has no specific author: this book actually doesn´t say who wrote it. It also explains the world: “To this day she goes about whining in people´s ears: “Zeee! Is everyone angry at me?” (pg. 2), this explains why mosquitoes buzz in people´s ears. These four elements make this story a folktale.

  • Juan Emilio
    2019-02-18 21:18

    A Folktale and it’s elements in “Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People Ears” “Mosquitoes Buzz In People Ears” is a folktale about a Mosquito who bothered the Iguana, that creeped the python, that scared the rabbit, and all these bad events happened because the iguana did not want to hear the mosquito. Now they want to punish the mosquito for the entire disturbance in the jungle. This story is in a juggle of the West Africa were a diverse variety of animals live in . Everything has an end so finally the mosquito buzzes on people and every time she does that she get a severe answer “POW” A folktale is a story is a story that is passed from generation to generation. These types of stories do not have a specific author, but it has a specific culture with the culture’s tradition. [“Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears” we, as readers, know this is a story of an African culture because of the cover]. A special trait of folktales is that all of them have something related with supernatural powers [The supernatural powers used in this story is {“Iguana,
 I saw 
yesterday.] Also these stories need to have a theme or a moral education. The moral message of this story is that people should never brag about anything because it is not educated also it looks very childish and bad things can happen.

  • Omarcito
    2019-02-18 19:07

    The folktale starts when a mosquito begins to bug an iguana by talking a lot. Iguana then put sticks in his ears so that he could be left in peace. Then came python who started to talk to iguana, but he didn't respond, so python ran. Later many more animals started running,scaring or alarming each other until monkey killed an owlet. Because of this, King lion called up a meeting where he interrogated every animal for the crime. After all the interrogations, everybody found the mosquito guilty, but he was never found. The mosquito now lives with a guilty conscience, so overtime he sees someone he asks them, "Are you still mad at me?" Overtime he does that he gets KPAO'd!!!!!!!"Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears" is a folktale because it matches all four requirements. Firstly, it is a folktale because animals cannot talk in real life "Try me," said Iguana (pg.1 paragraph 1). Secondly, it is also a folktale because it focuses on a specific culture " I saw a farmer digging yams that were as big as I am."(pg.1 paragraph 1). It is also a folktale because it has being passed from generations to generations " Zeee! is everyone angry at me?" ( pg. 2 paragraph 6). Finally, it is a folktale because the story contains a theme " If somebody is annoyed by something that you are doing, stop it, because it may lead to big problems." ( pgs. 1-2).

  • Jasmine Lambert
    2019-02-14 21:29

    Verna Aardema's story is an African tale that has a lesson hidden in its context for all young readers. It is the story of the pesky little insect we all know as the mosquito, and how one mosquito caused so much mischief among a large group of animals. Aardema tells a story about a mosquito who told a little white lie to an iguana and the iguana couldn't bare to hear the mosquitoes nonsense anymore so he stuck sticks in his ears. With the sticks in his ears he could not hear the snake telling him good morning so the snake assumed he had done something wrong and the iguana was plotting something against him, the snake ran to hide startling a rabbit, crow, and a monkey who then fell onto an owl's nest harming a baby owl. The story uses a repetitive tactic adding more and more pieces to the story until the final answer is found. This tactic is a great tool to help keep children's attention and help them remember along with wonder what is going on and what will happen next. This books lesson in the end of the story is a great one to use to teach children telling lies is not okay and can be very harmful whether they intend it to be or not.