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Monsieur Cadichon : Memoirs of a Donkey - Comtesse De Segur

Monsieur Cadichon

Memoirs of a Donkey

By: Comtesse De Segur, Stephanie Smee (Translator)


Published: 10th November 2011
For Ages: 7 - 12 years old
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Monsieur Cadichon is a lively and intelligent donkey who wants his readers to know that although he was naughty in his youth and was punished severely, he is now reformed. His main aim is to refute the stereotypical image of donkeys as ignorant and stubborn and reveal, through his stories, the true, gentle and wise nature of donkeys. Cadichon's antics are guaranteed to make you laugh! Cadichon can also be vengeful when overworked and underfed. His retaliations and plans for revenge will have readers shaking their heads in disapproval but ultimately, as Cadichon encounters love and acceptance through his adventures, we come to admire his bravery and loyalty.

About the Author Monsieur Cadichon: Memoirs of a Donkey was written in France by Sophie Feodorovna Rostopchine, the Countess de Segur, in the early 1860s afterThe Fleurville Trilogy and has sold millions of copies. It is still regarded as one of France's most loved children's stories. About the translator: The Australian version of Monsieur Cadichon has been lovingly translated by Australian Stephanie Smee, a former lawyer and NAATI translator. Stephanie was raised by French-speaking and French teaching parents and has completed an Honours degree in French at the University of Sydney.


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The unlikely moral guide


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  • Inspirational
  • Well Written


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    Comments about Monsieur Cadichon:

    We read this book as a family including a 4 and 7 year old and we were all squirming and uncomfortable when Cadichon was naughty, outraged when he was done wrong by, yippeeing when he triumphed and sorrowed when he was mean. And then he lead us all to humility when he realised how to be kind and true. Monsieur Cadichon stays with you long after the last page.

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    Comtesse De Segur

    Sophie, Countess of Ségur (née Countess Sofiya Feodorovna Rostopchina; Saint Petersburg, 1 August 1799 - Paris, 9 February 1874) was a French writer of Russian birth.

    She is best known today for her novel Les Malheurs de Sophie ("Sophie's Misfortunes"). The action takes place in a castle in the French countryside during the Second French Empire, where Sophie lives with her parents Mr and Mrs de Réan. Curious and adventurous, she does one silly thing after another, with the critical help of her cousin Paul, who is good and tries to show her the right path. She has two friends, Camille and Madeleine de Fleurville, 'good little girls' whom she tries hard to imitate. But she will learn that life is not a bed of roses...

    It was in her father's salon that Sophie Rostopchine met Eugène Henri Raymond, Count of Ségur, whom she married on 13/14 July 1819. The marriage was largely an unhappy one: her husband was flighty, distant and poor (until being made a Peer of France in 1830), and his infrequent conjugal visits to their château des Nouettes produced eight children, including the father of the historian Pierre de Ségur (Eugène de Ségur is said to have called his wife "la mère Gigogne", or "Mother Gigogne" in reference to a theatre character of 1602, an enormous woman out of whose skirts a crowd of children appeared).

    The Comtesse de Ségur wrote her first novel at the age of 58.

    Visit Comtesse De Segur's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9780731815234
    ISBN-10: 0731815238
    Audience: Children
    For Ages: 7 - 12 years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 10th November 2011
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Weight (kg): 0.4