Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

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by John Steptoe

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ISBN-10: 0590420585

ISBN-13: 2900590420586

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

Mufaro was a happy man. Everyone agreed that his two daughters were very beautiful. Nyasha was kind and considerate as well as beautiful, but everyone — except Mufaro — knew that Manyara was selfish, badtempered, and spoiled.

When the king decided to take a wife and invited "The Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughters in the Land" to appear before him,


Mufaro was a happy man. Everyone agreed that his two daughters were very beautiful. Nyasha was kind and considerate as well as beautiful, but everyone — except Mufaro — knew that Manyara was selfish, badtempered, and spoiled.

When the king decided to take a wife and invited "The Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughters in the Land" to appear before him, Mufaro declared proudly that only the king could choose between Nyasha and Manyara. Manyara, of course, didn't agree, and set out to make certain that she would be chosen.

John Steptoe has created a memorable modem fable of pride going before a fall, in keeping with the moral of the folktale that was his inspiration. He has illustrated it with stunning paintings that glow with the beauty, warmth, and internal vision of the land and people of his ancestors.

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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michellesays More than 1 year ago
This Caldecott Honor book, inspired by a story collected from the people of Zimbabwe, is somewhat similar to the classic Cinderella fairy tale in that it contains sisters, one jealous of the other, and one royal invitation to all the girls in the kingdom. Yet this story offers much more because it contains important life lessons: "Pride goes before a fall" and "Treat others the way you would want to be treated" (The Golden Rule). The illustrations are absolutely breathtaking. Highly recommended!
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Misticrystal More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite childhood book. I always tend to order this to donate to the B&N book drive whenever they coordinate it with the local firehouse, school, or library event. The illustrations are simply gorgeous and the plot memorable. It is an excellent book with a wonderful lesson in kindness for young elementary children to read. I love this book and I hope you will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Easily under the category of Cinderella story. Beautiful book that introduces kindness and integrity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story truly emphasizes the importance of being kind. I liked how the prince was different characters in the book to test the sisters personality/reactions. Strangly enough, upon reading the story you can see their beauty within their actions (the best of the story overall). This book makes a great gift for the family not only because of the moral (in which these days is hard to come by), but also because of the gorgeous artwork.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother gave me this book when i was a little girl and i loved it. By the way my name is Nyasha. It made me feel so special to know the origins of my name.Great story too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is about two young laidies, daughters of a man called Mufaro that lived in a small vilage. One of them was named Maryara and she was greedy and selfish. The other one was kind and nobleand her name was Nyasha.One day the king wanted to marry one of them. So of they went on their journey to the city. When they arived the king choose the one who had been kind with all. Other people should read this book because it teaches you that you should always help the needy and be noble with all. But it doesn't just tell you there in the text'you should always be noble, ' instead this book has magical creatures that tell be the story what the deep mesage is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mufaro¿s Beautiful Daughter¿s is an African Tale about two beautiful sisters who are very different. One is sweet, generous, and loving to everyone and the other is very selfish. Both sisters are invited to appear before the king and he will choose one of them to become queen. Manyara is very jealous of Nyasha because everyone talks about how kind you are, and they praise everything you do¿I am certain that father loves you best.¿ Manyara thinks that one day she will become queen and Nyasha ¿will be a servant in [her] household. When Manyara comes upon a boy on her journey who says ¿please¿I am hungry,¿ she replies, ¿I have brought only enough for myself.¿ Then she says ¿out of my way boy.¿ When Nyasha begins the same journey to the king, she comes upon the same little boy. Before he says anything, she ¿handed him a yam she had brought for her lunch.¿ As they make their journey to see the king only one girl will be chosen to be queen. Read this exciting story to find out which sister will become the queen and which one will become the servant? Mufaro¿s Beautiful Daughters was inspired by a folktale by G.M. Theal. The amazing illustrations were inspired by the ruins of an ancient city found in Zimbabwe, and the flora and fauna of that region. In Shona language: Mufaro mean ¿happy man¿ Nyasha means ¿mercy¿ Manyara means ¿ashamed¿ Nyoka means ¿snake¿.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters is a wonderful children's book with a very special message. The book tells the story of two beautiful daughters, one is very kind hearted and the other is spiteful and jealous. The girls are informed that the king of their land is looking for a wife and one of them will be chosen to be his queen. The spiteful daughter does everything in her power to make sure to become queen. The other daughter, although excited, is not particularly eager to leave her home. As both girls journey to meet the king they each encounter situations along the way. In the end, it is the way they chose to address these situations that will determine who becomes queen. This story has a very important moral. First, always treat people kindly and with respect. Next, even though people may be beautiful on the outside, true beauty lies within.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is yet another beautiful book by John Steptoe. In this book there are two beautiful daughters, one very mean and unappreciative of everything, while the other is extremely caring and loving. One day their father hears about the King requesting all beautiful and available young ladies in the kingdom to come so that he may choose a wife. The mean sister, hoping to get a head start on the other girls, left to go to the king early. Along the way she encountered several things, a young boy on the side of the road, an old woman, and some very strange trees all of which she had no time for and couldn¿t be bothered by in her rush to see the king. The next morning when the other sister began traveling to see the king, she encountered all of the same things, however, she took the time to help each of them out. Read this beautiful story to find out how it concludes, will the king reward selfishness or rather a kind, caring, selfless woman? The author of this book, John Steptoe, was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began writing his first picture book when he was only 16 years of age. He has won several awards, including two Caldecott Honor Awards and two Coretta Scott King Awards. As well, for his many talents the American Library Association now gives the John Steptoe Award for New Talent to a black author and black illustrator each year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this book on Reading Rainbow when I was a kid and it still sticks with me. It needs to be made into a movie...or that would ruin its charm. It has a beautiful moral and GORGEOUS illustrations. Once I have kids, this will be on the shelf!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this beautiful book to my children when they were babies and thru elementary school when they read it to me. It is an absolute delight. Beautifully written and illustrated. I have bought 20 plus copies; I bought one for my four children, and gave them as gifts to relatives, friends, and my youngest son's Third Grade Teacher! This is one book that should be made into a movie for all children and adults to see.