Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

  • Title: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
  • Author: John Steptoe
  • Illustrator: John Steptoe
  • Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
  • Publication year: 1987
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“Mufaro has two beautiful daughters. Nyasha is kind and considerate, but Manyara is selfish and spoiled. When the king decides to choose a bride from among “The Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughters in the Land,” both Mufaro’s girls travel to the capital city. But only one can be chosen to marry the king.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –This book’s folktale is very similar to Cinderella and as such could be used in conjunction with that “traditional” fairy tale. I did find another discussion lesson from The Prindle Institute of Ethics that could used for a teacher.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – The colorful illustrations look as real as photographs. There is much in the illustrations that the text reveals or supports.

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