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Friday, June 8, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters


Title: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

Author: John Steptol

Illustrator: John Steptol

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books; March 31, 1987

Suitable for: 3 and up

Themes/Topics: Folktale, Places & Culture: Africa, Honesty, Kindness, Good Character

Opening:
A Long Time Ago, in a certain place in Africa, a small village lay across a fiver and half a day’s journey from a city where a great king lived. A man named Mufaro lived in this village with his two daughters, who were called Manyara and Nyasha. Everyone agreed that Manyara and Nyasha were very beautiful.

Book Summary:
Both of Mufaro's daughters are beautiful but one is bad tempered and one is kind. When the king of the land asks the daughters to appear before him so he can choose a queen, the prideful, bad tempered daughter decides to set out in the night so she can get there first. Along the path are many opportunities to show one's true character. The kind daughter who follows the same path the next day makes different decisions - with different results and a surprising ending!

Links to resources:
Create a story map 
Scholastic Lesson Plan 
Lesson Plan with before and after activities 
Discussion points at Learning to Give 
  
Why I like this book:
This is another book from my childhood. What stood out the most for me were the illustrations and how they captured the imagination and transported me to Mufaro’s village somewhere in Africa. Naturally, Nyasha was my favorite character; she was sweet and so pretty AND she got the king in the end! Who does not like happy endings!?!  :D

5 comments:

Beth Stilborn said...

This book sounds lovely! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Kerry Aradhya said...

It's fun to hear about books that have been around for a while. This one sounds great for introducing a little bit of African culture and helping teach a lesson about kindness :)

Kirsten Larson said...

I've never heard of this one. Thanks for helping me discover it!

Kirsten Larson said...

Thanks for sharing this treasure!

Patricia T. said...

Saba, missed your entry. Love that it's an African folktale with a very strong message. The illustrations look beautiful. Great book to use in the classroom.


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