Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters : An African Tale, Paperback

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters : An African Tale Paperback

4.5 out of 5 (11 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780140559460



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This was a great example of a fairytale from a different culture. The text and illustrations depict the different values of the African culture such as animals and nature.It is fun to compare this book to Perrault's Cinderella.

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This is a great Cinderella story. Mufaro has two daughters who make a journey to see the prince. One daughter is kind and helpful while the other is bitter and selfish. This is a great fairy tale for late 2nd grade through 4th grade.

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This is an African spin on Cinderella. It is a folktale that has a theme of kindness. This book is good for children in the elementary school level.

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Mufaro has two lovely daughters - Manyara and Nyasha - with very different personalities. Manyara is snide and rude, while Nyasha is sweet and kind. The Great King announces that he wishes to take a wife, and both daughters go to the great city to appear before him. Manyara leaves in the middle of the night, determined to be first, and is rude to all she meets on her way. When she sees the king, she sees only a monster. Nyasha travels with her father, is kind and generous to all she meets, and when she approaches the king, she sees an old friend. He is the king, they are married, and they live happily together.

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This is the story about how good can and will usually prevail over evil. It tells about two sisters, both vying to be queen. However, the nice sister becomes queen and the mean sister does not. This is a twist on the classic Cinderella story. This story teaches us that we must treat others as we want to be treated and good things will happen. This is a great teaching tool for showing students how to treat one another and how to respect each other. I would use this book for second grade thought fifth grade.

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