Cover image for Mufaro's beautiful daughters
Title:
Mufaro's beautiful daughters
Author:
Steptoe, John, 1950-1989.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
[United States?] : Live Oak Media, [2001]

â„—2001
Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog + 1 book (1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm)
Summary:
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
General Note:
Side 1, page turn signals; side 2, no page turn signals.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 5030.

Reading Counts RC K-2 5.2 2 Quiz: 08015 Guided reading level: N.
Genre:
ISBN:
9780688040451

9780590420587
Format :
Sound Cassette

Sound Recording

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Library
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Material Type
Home Location
Status
Frank E. Merriweather Library PZ8.S585 MU 2001 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Paperback
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Summary

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 Zimbabwe.

Inspired 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-tempered.

When 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 queen. Who will the king choose?

Award-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 generations.

Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration Caledcott Honor Reading Rainbow Book Boston Globe-Horn Book


Author Notes

John Steptoe was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 14, 1950. He attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. He was an author and illustrator of children's books. His first book, Stevie, was published in 1969. During his lifetime, he illustrated 15 more books, 9 of which he also wrote. The Story of Jumping Mouse and Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters were named Caldecott honor books. Mother Crocodile and Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters received the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. He died of AIDS on August 28, 1989 at the age of 38.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. The universal theme of the good and bad siblings is at the center of this story based on an old African folktale from the area that is now Zimbabwe. The romantic paintings show a lush landscape and a splendid stone city as well as close-up portraits filled with drama and character.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-This cassette read-along of the Caldecott Honor picture book by John Steptoe (Lothrop, 1987) is an extremely effective presentation of a traditional Zimbabwe folk tale about a man with two daughters the deceitful, selfish Manyara and her sister Nyasha, who is good and generous. When the King sends for a bride, he chooses Nyasha after appearing to her disguised as a snake and a young boy. Narrator Robin Miles' intonation and pacing have an African cadence. Her voice is pleasant, and she varies her tones to create the different characters. Sound effects of jungle animals, rushing water, and background voices add to the presentation. The sound of a page being turned is used to cue listeners to follow the text in the book. This should be included in all library audio collections for young children.-Diane Balodis, Alden Intermediate School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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