Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
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Annotation: Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a bride.
Catalog Number: #204507
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Special Formats: Big Book Big Book
Publisher: Wm. Morrow
Copyright Date: 1987
Edition Date: 1993
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-688-12935-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-688-12935-4
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 45 X 37 cm.
Subject Heading: Fairy tales.
Language: English
Word Count: 1,588
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 5030 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.2 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q08015
Lexile: AD790L

A Caldecott Honor and Reading Rainbow book, this memorable retelling of Cinderella is perfect for introducing children to the fairy tale as well as the history, culture, and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe.

This oversize edition (14 3/4 by 17 5/8 inches) makes it easy to share the book in a library or classroom.

Inspired by a traditional African folktale, this is the story of Mufaro, who is proud of his two beautiful daughters. Nyasha is kind and considerate, but everyone—except Mufaro—knows that Manyara is selfish and bad-tempered.

When the Great King decides to take a wife and invites the most worthy and beautiful daughters in the land to appear before him, Mufaro brings both of his daughters—but only one can be queen. Who will the king choose?

Award-winning artist John Steptoe’s rich cultural imagery of Africa earned him the Coretta Scott King Award for Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. The book also went on to win the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. This stunning story is a timeless treasure that readers will enjoy for generations.

  • Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration
  • Caledcott Honor
  • Reading Rainbow Book
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book