Mufaro’s Beautiful DaughtersBy
Written By John Steptoe
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters is a Cinderella tale beautifully in Zimbabwe. Written by John Steptoe, the story was inspired by a folktale of that region published in the late 1800’s and the names of the characters are from the Shona language of Zimbabwe.
The book tells the tale of a village elder and his two daughters whose personalities are as different as night and day. When a King from a nearby town declared his intention to find a wife, the real action of the story begins. As both girls travel to the main city to meet the King, they encounter obstacles that turn out to be tests of character. How both girls handle the situations determine who is seen as fit to marry the King. And there’s another plot twist that will surprise you, but you’ll have to pick up the book to find out what it is.
Although the “Cinderlla story” is well known, this book is so well written and lushly illustrated that you may find yourself lost in the tale or rereading it time and time again. It’s just that good.
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 andof course chooses Nyasha, the kind and generous daughter, to be his queen.