My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale” by John Steptoe was really great…this story is about Mufaro who has two beautiful daughters that he adores and wants them both to be presented to the king while he’s looking for a queen. One of his daughters, Nyasha, is not only beautiful, but she is very kind and considerate of other’s feelings while his other daughter, Manyara, is beautiful as well but her mean and selfish streak causes her to be very undesirable.
Reading this tale to my daughter was an adventure; however, the colorful pictures contained within gave her much activity. We played the naming colors game on practically every page, and she was really good at it. However, near the end, like most toddlers, she was ready to move on to something else.
As a parent, I loved this book, and enjoyed reading it to my daughter. I thought it had a great lesson to it that you never know who has their eye on you, and what you are doing so it’s best to be on your best behavior at all time. Also, Manyara shows us that, more often than not, when we don’t get what we want, most times it’s us, and not others, that destroy our chances. Most times it’s us that get in our own way.
I give it 4 stars.
P.S. “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale” was provided on-loan from my local library.
* Caldecott Honor Book, * Reading Rainbow Book