May 1, 1987
May 1, 1987
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife
A picture book retelling of an African folktale (which is reminiscent of the fairy tale CINDERELLA), MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS is the story of two beautiful sisters: the kind and good Nyasha and the selfish and evil-tempered Manyara. When an African king decides to marry, he requests that "the most worthy and beautiful daughters in the land" appear before him so that he can select an appropriate bride. Believing that only a king could choose between his two lovely daughters, Mufaro declares that both Nyasha and Manyara must travel to the city to meet the King. That decision doesn't suit Manyara, who, in her desire to reach the King first, slips out of the house and makes the perilous journey to the city by herself. However, in her haste and her greed, Manyara ignores a number of important signs and tests, a situation that, ultimately, results in her heartbreak. Will Nyasha's loving heart and generous spirit help her win the hand of the King? John Steptoe has said that the ruins of an ancient city near Zimbabwe, Africa, inspired his 1988 Caldecott honor-winning watercolor-and-ink illustrations.
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Fairy Tales + Folklore / Country + Ethnic, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, General
- Age: 4-8 years
- Language: English
- Author: John Steptoe
- Online Item #: 11819199
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-4948
- ISBN: 9780688040451
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported