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 Big Book
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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.
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Language: English
Reviews:
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 An African villager named Mufaro had two daughters whom everyone agreed were beautiful. However, their dispositions were not alike: Manyara had a bad temper and was selfish (although not in front of Mufaro); Nyasha was always kind and considerate both to people and to animals. When Mufaro receives word that the Great King is inviting all of the most worthy and beautiful women to appear before him so that he might choose a wife, Mufaro decides that both of his daughters should go. Manyara, believing herself more worthy and beautiful than her sister, sets out alone so that she can be presented to the king before her sister. What happens to each girl along the way depends on her response to the strange people whom she encounters. This folktale shows the traditional qualities, characterizations, and predictability. It is distinguished, however, by its colorful ink and watercolor illustrations of the costumes, artifacts, flora, and fauna of the Zimbabwe region. The expressive drawings of people and events enhance the story and serve to strengthen readers' familiarity with traditional African culture. A magnificently illustrated book, filled with rich textures and vibrant color, and a story that will satisfy young romantics as well as those with a strong sense of justice. Helen E. Williams, University of Maryland, College Park
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School Library Journal
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
Guided Reading Level: N
Fountas & Pinnell: N

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


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