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Aardema, Verna

Overview
Works: 192 works in 759 publications in 8 languages and 36,276 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Fiction  Folklore  Folk literature  Stories in rhyme  Legends  Picture books  Folk tales  Autobiographies  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Illustrator
Classifications: PZ8.1.A213, E
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Verna Aardema
Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears : a West African tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

81 editions published between 1975 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 5,806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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!
Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain : a Nandi tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

72 editions published between 1981 and 2019 in English and held by 3,638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain"--Title page verso
Borreguita and the coyote : a tale from Ayutla, Mexico by Verna Aardema( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in English and held by 2,281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A little lamb uses her clever wiles to keep a coyote from eating her up. What's a little lamb to do about a big, oafish coyote that wants to eat her? Why, trick him, of course! This folk tale from the west of Mexico is energetically told and comfortably packed with many recognizable motifs. Mathers enlarges upon the humorous elements of the story in her boldly colored paintings. Aardema and Mathers are felicitously paired in a tale of trickery rewarded that begs to be read aloud. A glossary to correct Spanish pronunciation is conveniently placed at the beginning of the tale
Who's in Rabbit's house? : a Masai tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

27 editions published between 1969 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 1,949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rabbit has a problem - someone is inside her house and won't let her in
Rabbit makes a monkey of lion : a Swahili tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

29 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the help of his friends Bush-rat and Turtle, smart and nimble Rabbit makes a fool of the mighty but slow-witted king of the forest
Misoso : once upon a time tales from Africa by Verna Aardema( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of twelve folktales from different parts of Africa
Anansi does the impossible! : an Ashanti tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 1,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anansi and his wife outsmart the Sky God and win back the beloved folktales of their people. Peppered with Verna Aardema's trademark ideophones--words that mimic actual sounds--this book makes an ideal read-aloud. Brilliantly realized characters and West African flavor come together in Desimini's extraordinary collage illustrations. Includes a glossary of West African terms and pronunciations. Full color
Traveling to Tondo : a tale of the Nkundo of Zaire by Verna Aardema( Book )

14 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On his way to his wedding, with his friends as attendants, a civet cat meets with extraordinary and unexpected delays
How the ostrich got its long neck : a tale from the Akamba of Kenya by Verna Aardema( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 1,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale from the Akamba people of Kenya that explains why the ostrich has such a long neck
The lonely lioness and the Ostrich chicks : a Masai tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and French and held by 1,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this retelling of a Masai tale, a mongoose helps an ostrich get her chicks back from the lonely lioness who has stolen them
Oh, Kojo! How could you! : an Ashanti tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

25 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates how a young man named Kojo finally gets the better of the tricky Anansi
Anansi finds a fool : an Ashanti tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lazy Ananse seeks to trick someone into doing the heavy work of laying his fish trap, but instead he is fooled into doing the job himself
Bimwili & the Zimwi : a tale from Zanzibar by Verna Aardema( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Swahili girl is abducted by a Zimwi and told to be the voice inside his singing drum
Princess Gorilla and a new kind of water : a Mpongwe tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King Gorilla decrees that no one may marry his daughter until a suitor strong enough to consume a barrel of strange, smelly water can be found
Koi and the kola nuts : a tale from Liberia by Verna Aardema( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An African folktale in which the son of the chief must make his way in the world with only a sackful of kola nuts and the help of some creatures that he has treated with kindness
What's so funny, Ketu? : a Nuer tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For saving the life of a snake, Ketu is rewarded by being allowed to hear animals think
Behind the back of the mountain; Black folktales from southern Africa by Verna Aardema( Book )

7 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten folk legends from southern Africa include Hottentot, Zulu, and Bantu tales
The Vingananee and the tree toad : a Liberian tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

7 editions published between 1983 and 1988 in English and Afrikaans and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A strange animal called the Vingananee beats up all the other animals and eats their stew until the tiny Tree Toad offers to fight him
This for that : a Tonga tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

3 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rabbit tricks the other animals of the African plain into giving her food and other treats
Tales from the story hat by Verna Aardema( Book )

6 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of nine folk tales from Africa
 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears : a West African tale
Covers
Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain : a Nandi taleBorreguita and the coyote : a tale from Ayutla, MexicoWho's in Rabbit's house? : a Masai taleRabbit makes a monkey of lion : a Swahili taleMisoso : once upon a time tales from AfricaAnansi does the impossible! : an Ashanti taleTraveling to Tondo : a tale of the Nkundo of ZaireHow the ostrich got its long neck : a tale from the Akamba of Kenya
Alternative Names
Aardema, V. 1911-2000

Aardema, Verna Norberg 1911-2000

Verna Aardema Ameerika Ühendriikide lastekirjanik

Verna Aardema American children's writer

Verna Aardema Amerikaans schrijfster (1911-2000)

Verna Aardema auteure de littérature d'enfance américaine

Verna Aardema escriptora de literatura infantil estatunidenca

Verna Aardema escritora de literatura infantil estadounidense

Verna Aardema scríbhneoir Meiriceánach

Vugteveen, Verna Norberg Aardema 1911-2000

വെർണ ആർഡെമ

아데마, 버나 1911-2000

아드마, 베르나 1911-2000

아르데마, 베르나 1911-2000

아아르데마, 베르나 1911-2000

알디마, 버나 1911-2000

アーダマ, バーナ

アールデマ, ヴェルナ

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