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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

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Color illustration. African man glances to one side at a mosquito whispering in his ear. Caption. She goes about whining in people's ears.

A cumulative African tale of misadventure begins when Mosquito whispers a lie into Iguana's ears. The chain of events that follow result in an Animal Council meeting where the truth is discovered. Animated version of the Caldecott Medal-winning book by Verna Aardema. Narrated by James Earl Jones.

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    Mary D. (Allen, TX)
    October 13th, 2020 at 03:23 PM

    One of my favorite all time books and Video with the BEST narrator EVER! :)

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    Mary D. (Allen, TX)
    September 25th, 2019 at 07:40 AM

    One of the best narrations of a book ever!

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    Anonymous (Albuquerque, NM)
    February 29th, 2016 at 08:48 AM

    This video follow the book exactly. The narration is great!