Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears

Narrated by: James Earl Jones
Length: 9 mins
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This African folk tale, told with award-winning graphics and narration reminiscent of the traditional village storyteller, is the story of how a tale passes from animal to animal, creating a jungle disaster.
©1975 Verna Aardema (P)1976 Weston Woods
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James Earl Jones

It's James Earl Jones reading an awesome story. What isn't to love? This was my first experience with Audible Kids but I was happily surprised to see the picture kept changing to show the pictures from the book that corresponded with what was happening so you don't lose the pictures, you just gain James Earl Jones :) also it cost less than $2 - totally worth it.

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YES -- Pictures in the Audible App!

We recently discovered these kids audible books that have the illustrations in a slideshow as they listen to the stories on their fire tablets in the app. My boys (5-11) are all LOVING discovering their favorite stories over again with Audible! These are a STEAL!

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Clever

Terrifically clever story. I grew up with the authors niece. Had to find this book after growing up hearing it.

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A West African Tale, the ending had me laughing!

Synchronized images worked on my iPhone.

The story is so serious all the way until the end, and then I was laughing hysterically.

This is a great audiobook for kids of all ages. The synchronized images were beautiful and blended very well with the music and the narrator.

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Great Tale

I agree completely with all points in Gretchen SLP's review. This is great tale about what happens when you jump to conclusions -- or more precisely a tale of a domino effect of misunderstandings. Mosquito irritates Iguana with a terrible story which leads Iguana to take an action which is then misinterpreted by Snake, who then takes an action which is in turn misinterpreted by Rabbit, and on it goes. Fun, gorgeous illustrations (synchronized images), and James Earl Jones being fantastic James Earl Jones. My 5-yr old nephew really enjoyed it and it's a great lesson about jumping to conclusions and the unintended consequences of actions.

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This book has captured my interest for 40 years!

I bought this book as an 8 year old back in the 70's from one of those Weekly Reader's order forms. It was so interesting and colorful! I just loved it! Of course, you don't see the illustrations with an audio book in the same way. But fear not! The fact that it is narrated by the incredible James Earl Jones, MORE than makes up for that! His voice makes you see those illustrations in your head and the voices he gives the different characters are wonderful! Highly recommend this book! Don't miss it!

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Beautiful sounds

James Earl Jones's voice was made for story telling. Beautiful story about cause and affect. Even the background sounds, drums, etc. added to the storie's aura.

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I like that it showed pictures to go along with the story . interesting story, too

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Awesome, and HAS PICTURES!!

This artsy African folktale was a great favorite with my kids, but my grandson loves the experience of this Audible version even better than his Papa enjoyed hearing me read the paper book. Partly this is due to the inimitable performance by James Earl Jones, who rocks it so amazingly that even a childless adult would love it. But partly it's the PICTURES, the stunning, colorful, mosaic-style watercolor illustrations that accompany the original text and which here change automatically--whether you're listening on iPhone or iPad--as the story is read.

The only downside: a baby owl is killed accidentally early on in the story. That didn't bother my own oldest child, who took it in stride as a tragedy necessary to propel the plot, but my grandson was initially jarred by it. (He ended up loving the book anyway, though.)

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