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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)

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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