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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Fall 1987 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
By: John Steptoe
ISBN: 0688040454
Hardcover Price: $11.89
Mufaro's daughters are indeed beautiful, but there the similarity between them ends. Nyasha is generous and good; Manyara is proud, vain, and selfish. When the Great King announces his desire for a wife, Mufaro plans to present both daughters as candidates. But Manyara is determined to be the Queen, and schemes to be first to appear before the King. As one might expect in folklore, her attitude brings about her downfall.

Inspired by an African folktale much like the European Cinderella, Steptoe tells this one with an original and graceful eloquence. Set near what is now Zimbabwe, the magnificent paintings breathe new life into traditional character types.

Review   ©1987 Parents' Choice

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