Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
by John Steptoe, Illustrated by John Steptoe
- A Top 150 African-American Children’s Book
- 2 Time AALBC.com Bestselling Book!
- Coretta Scott King Award Winning Book 1988
- Caldecott Medal Winner or Honor
Publication Date: Jul 01, 2008
List Price: $9.50
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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This is the tale of Mufaro’s two daughters, two beautiful girls who react in different ways to the king’s search for a wife - one is aggressive and selfish, the other kind and dignified. The king takes on disguises to learn the true nature of both girls and of course chooses Nyasha, the kind and generous daughter, to be his queen.
While all of Mr. Steptoe's work deals with aspects of the African American experience, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughter was acknowledged by reviewers and critics as a breakthrough. Based on an African tale recorded in the 19th century, it required Mr. Steptoe for the first time to research African history and culture, awakening his pride in his African ancestry. Mr. Steptoe hoped that his books would lead children, especially African American children, to feel pride in their origins and in who they are.