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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters An African Tale John Steptoe's absolutely brilliant Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters is basically an African take on the globally known and ever popular Cinderella folklore theme both narrative and illustrations are outstanding in every way and their lovely and evocative marriage their delightful combination turn Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters into truly a shining and glistening gem of a picture book and not only for children but actually for anyone interested in and appreciative of global folk and fairy tales And while the tale while John Steptoe's presented or rather his adapted narrative like many if not most Cinderella type stories is indeed perhaps rather predictable it is still and indeed engagingly narrated and the evocative accompanying illustrations are simply and utterly almost too beautiful for words Further the fact that details of the illustrations are based on the ruins of an ancient city found in Zimbabwe pays necessary and cultural homage to the historic civilisations of Africa Now personally I especially and particularly have enjoyed that Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters really features no absolute and horrible villains Manyara might be vain proud unhappy and most definitely constantly teases her sister Nyasha but she also NEVER tries to actively harm her sister unlike so many of the other Cinderella type stories where the stepsisters or siblings as well as the stepmothers not only constantly make life miserable for the heroine but often try to actively harm and sometimes even kill the poor girl And when Mufaro and Nyasha finally arrive in the city Manyara even attempts to warn her sister about the supposed monster Manyara thus even with her proud vanity even though she is selfish and often prone to teasing and nastiness cares about her sister's safety and she obviously could not have known that for Nyasha having passed the test that Manyara herself has failed the snake would turn into the king and then of course become Nyasha's husbandNow with regard to folkloric euivalences aside from the obvious Cinderella thematics Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters also rather strongly does remind me of some of the what I would call sibling uest type of tales where two very different sisters or brothers go on a similar uest but only one the virtuous humble sibling who shares hisher food and is kind and loving to all receives a reward and there is perhaps even a suggestion of folklore that features a monster bridegroom namely the snake that turns into the king And finally while I do appreciate that John Steptoe has included a short author's note acknowledging his main sources the folklore enthusiast in me would have most definitely preferred a in depth analysis and discussion of origins sources and comparisons; his author's note is than adeuate but it does leave me wishing for a bit detail and indeed a thorough and involved author's note would definitely have made Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters into a five star book for me I have not read this book in such a long time I was probably 10 years old or younger when I first read this book Reading Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters again brought back the memory of how inspiring and moving it was I remembered the plot but what was new to me this time was the illustrations language and how the story used multiple subjects to disguise the prince This story touches lightly on the African culture through these things I liked the story when I was younger but even so now that I am older The illustrations are magnificent with lovely depictions of the people and animals This tale is fairy tale like predictable but very entertaining I appreciated how the author illustrator gave credit to the folktale that was his inspiration and how at the beginning he translates the meanings of a few names But why name each of your daughters that way? Self fulfilling prophesy???The Children's Books group has chosen this book for one of its picture books for April for the Picture Books Club there; the April theme is royalty This book fits well enough and it’s such a beautiful book that I’m glad it was chosen I already had it out from the library when the 5 winners and 1 alternate books were announced “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” is a Caldecott Honor Book by John Steptoe and it is about how Mufaro’s two beautiful daughters are invited to the king’s palace so that the king will choose a worthy bride but Manyara the greedy sister tries to go off to the king’s palace by herself and meets some disastrous results “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” is a magnificent tale that children will definitely read for many yearsJohn Steptoe has done a magnificent job at both illustrating and writing this book John Steptoe effectively retells this ancient African folktale with such tenderness that children will easily get the message about how true kindness towards others will bring the greatest rewards and how greed will bring about the downfall of a person with an extremely proud heart John Steptoe’s illustrations are extremely beautiful as he makes the characters look extremely realistic and colorful The highlighted images in this book are the images of the forest itself as the forest looks eerie at night since the branches of the trees are shadowed in a creepy way and when the forest is shown during the day then the forest looks tranuil and beautiful as you can see various flowers blooming all over the pages of the forest“Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” is great hit for children who love African folktales and will be a favorite for the whole family to enjoy for many years I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since there are some African names like “Manyara” and “Nyasha” that might be difficult for smaller children to pronounceReview is also on Rabbit Ears Book Blog A tale of kindness and selfishness and their corresponding conseuencesI've loved this book ever since I saw it on Reading Rainbow as a child For whatever reason the book was burned into my memory and I was always delighted whenever it was featured on the show The story the illustrations everything made a huge impression on meSO as an adult I was anxious excited and anxious apprehensive to find out if the book would still be as wonderful as I rememberedI still love it Yes upon reading it as an adult there are things that I would like a teeny depth to and for that I'd probably have awarded this four stars but I thought the fact it made such an impression on me when I was younger deserved the extra star I should say this is a gorgeous gorgeous book and Steptoe deserved all the awards and acclaim for it as a work of art What it is NOT is a book to introduce children to either Cinderella or Zimbabwe He was inspired by a visit to Zimbabwe to do the story and beautiful it is but it is absolutely not the way to introduce children to the continent of Africa or Zimbabwe for that matter And since the story is one made up by Steptoe I uestion using it as an intro into Cinderella stories I remember having thins book as a child and bought it for my own daughters a few years ago I've read it many times and love that something I cherished could be passed on to them teaching a great lesson in being kind to others including your own sister Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters John Steptoe is an African Cinderella story Mufaro was a happy man and a very proud father Mufaro had two very beautiful daughters who lived with him Nyasha was kind considerate and very beautiful Manyara Mufuaro’s other daughter was very cruel mean and rude Everyone knew this about Manyara; everyone except for Mufaro Manyara spent all of her time teasing her sister On day the king decided he wanted to get married and invited The Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughters in the Land to appear before him Manyara wanted her father only to send her but Mufaro decided that only the king could choose between his most worthy daughters Manyara of course didn't agree and set out to make certain that she would be chosen by leaving before everyone else Along the way the magical king had disguised himself as an old woman a garden snake and a young and very hungry boy Manyara treated all of these people very rudely however Nyasha was kind Her kindness in the end is what won the heart of the king and they lived happily ever after 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 ZimbabweInspired 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 temperedWhen 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 ueen Who will the king chooseAward 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 generationsCoretta Scott King Award for IllustrationCaledcott HonorReading Rainbow BookBoston Globe Horn Book Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters is loosely based on the traditional Cinderella story and elements of that can be seen throughout the story It begins with two sisters Manyara who is selfish and cruel and Nyasha who is clever and kind Mufaro never saw the difference in personality in his two daughters but Manyara continually mistreated her sister and others much like the evil step sisters in Cinderella When the King asked to see the sisters they were put through a series of character tests along the way In the end the morality of the sisters meant their fate I did see connections to Cinderella but thought the stronger foil between two characters made this story uniue It also represented another culture and country adding to the interesting nature of this book The illustrations are good extensions of what is happening in the text This would be a good book to use when exploring lessons and themes with younger readers


About the Author: John Steptoe

John Steptoe was an award winning author and illustrator of children's books from New York City He began working on his first children's book Stevie while still a teenager and achieved great success during his tragically short career encouraging the advancement of African American culture by producing work about the African American experience that children could appreciate Recipient of two C


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