Zzzng! Zzzng! a Yoruba Tale
Author: Phillis Gershator
Illustrator: Theresa Smith
Picture and Story by Mary Marie Carr
Zzzng! Zzzng! is about a mosquito that is lonely in a world that is
created quickly. The trees, moon, stars, sun and so many more
starting to appear and marrying each other as the mosquito
believes. The sun
marries day and the moon marries night.
The mosquito is so sad but angry at the same time. She does not
why no one wants to marry her. Everyone tells her "she is told she is
weak, and want last in a world that is growing so quickly." The
flies around and around trying to marry someone. She sings her
come to hum and sing, rain or shine, I'm yours if your mine. Let us
marry, marry." But no one wants the mosquito.
This makes the mosquito mean and she starts biting everyone that
did not want
her to prove to them she is going no where. Then oneday she found her
love. She married another mosquito but she was so use to biting
everything that she has never stopped. Even to this day the mosquito
1. If you were the mosquito, how would you have dealt
with and felt about everyone in the story? Would you have bit everyone
that hurt your feelings? If so, why?
2. If you were the mosquito writing the story, what would you
change about the story? Would you be a mosquito or a different insect?