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Coulibaly, Dognimin Lassina

Si je mens, qu’on me tranche la tête
(Dix anecdotes succulents)

If I Lie, You Can Cut My Head Off (Ten Juicy Anecdotes)


Illustrated by Leslie Lumeh. Mes racines (My Roots) series. Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: Edilis, 2002.
112 p. ISBN 2-913942-92-X. Ages 11 and up.


Language: French


Publisher: Edilis (Editions Livre Sud)


Commentary
Based on the oral tradition of his Khorogo region (Côte d’Ivoire), the author retells ten stories that are intended for the family circle. Each short anecdote – which is preceded by a proverb – focuses on misbehaviour that one should avoid, such as selfishness, contempt for others’ work, lack of patience, or impulsiveness. These educational lessons are conveyed through well-told, “juicy” plots that reflect the region’s culture.

 

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