Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

by John  Steptoe


In this picture book, Steptoe retells and illutrates a traditional Zimbabwe folk tale about a man with two daughters: the deceitful Manyara and her generous sister Nyasha. Both daughters receive the opportunity to meet the king who is looking for a bride. Little do they know, however, that the king is first testing them when he appears to them in a different form.

Steptoe’s paintings throughout the book are beautiful and could each stand alone as a work of art…they well-deserve the Caldecott Honor they received! He has captured the beauty and dignity of the African people through his artwork, yet kept the story universal as it reveals the ugliness of a vain and selfish spirit, and the beauty of kindness and humility.


Folktale, Picturebook

Ages 6 and up

Available from: Hamilton Public Library


Reviewer: Doreen



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