Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

A West African Tale

By Verna Aardema (Retold by); Verna Aardema; Leo Dillon (Illustrator)
(Puffin Books, Paperback, 9780140549058, 28pp.)

Publication Date: August 1992

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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.



About the Author
Aardema grew up in New Era, Michigan as the third in a family of n ine children. A cedar swamp in the back of her house served a s her inspiration and retreat as a young aspiring writer.
* At Michigan State College, Verna took many writing courses, but none that were aimed at writing for children.She didn't think about the children 's book field until many years later, when she had to make up stories to get her baby daughter to eat.
* Verna writes mostly African folktales because of her fascination with that infinitely diverse continent. Out of its jungles, deserts, and great plains have come some of the most unusual and charming folktales in the world.
* As of today, Verna has published over 25 books and is still working on more. Her books have been translated into French, Spa nish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese and Afrikaans.
* Verna lives in North Fort Myers, Florida, with her husband, Albert.

"From the Hardcover edition."



Aardema grew up in New Era, Michigan as the third in a family of n ine children. A cedar swamp in the back of her house served a s her inspiration and retreat as a young aspiring writer.
* At Michigan State College, Verna took many writing courses, but none that were aimed at writing for children.She didn't think about the children 's book field until many years later, when she had to make up stories to get her baby daughter to eat.
* Verna writes mostly African folktales because of her fascination with that infinitely diverse continent. Out of its jungles, deserts, and great plains have come some of the most unusual and charming folktales in the world.
* As of today, Verna has published over 25 books and is still working on more. Her books have been translated into French, Spa nish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese and Afrikaans.
* Verna lives in North Fort Myers, Florida, with her husband, Albert.

"From the Hardcover edition."



Mem Fox is the author of many acclaimed books, including "Hattie and the Fox", "Time for Bed", "Hello Baby!", "Two Little Monkeys", the "New York Times" bestselling "Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes", as well as the adult title "Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever". She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Visit her at MemFox.net.
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