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Why Monkeys Live in Trees and Other Stories from Benin Paperback – September 1, 2006
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"Read aloud, these relatively short stories from the West African republic of Benin captivate the listener." -- Center for Children's Literature, Carthage College
"The lessons...timeless, [leave] all of us...to reflect on past experiences and bring our newfound insights into the future." -- Neighbor's Magazine
"These stories...deserve to be treated for what they are, a tool to teach pride, envy, kindness, courage, and virtue." -- Essex County ASL
"This book...reveal[s] much about not only the people of Benin, but also of human nature." -- Skipping Stones
"This is a wonderful addition to folk tale collections as well as African studies units or oral tradition/storytelling units." -- Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
About the Author
Raouf Mama, teacher, storyteller, orator, and CT Master Teaching Artist, is a native of Benin in West Africa. He holds a BA in TESOL from the National University of Benin, as well as an MA in English and a Ph.D. in English and Education from the University of Michigan. He teaches English at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic.
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