Why Monkeys Live in Trees and Other Stories from Benin

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This is a book for both young and old lovers of folklore. Why Monkeys Live in Treesand Other Stories from Benin is a rich tapestry of oral tales that come from a wide range of Beninese ethnic groups. They include trickster tales and sacred tales involving the greatest and meanest of mankind, as well as nature and the world of spirits. These ageless tales remind us of the power of love, the perils of greed and pride, and the redemptive virtues of courage, humility, and kindness.


The Western African Republic of Benin (formerly Dahomey) is gifted with a great folktale tradition, one of the richest in the world. As pieces of oral literature and cultural history, these tales shed light on some of the values and beliefs as well as the customs and traditions of the people of Benin

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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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"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

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