Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale (Book & Cassette)

Composer: 
Chris Kubie
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Read by Robin Miles
Publisher: 
Live Oak Media / Scholastic
Length in minutes: 
17
ISBN: 
0874996562
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ASIN: 
0874996562
List Price: 
24.95
Rating: 
5
Awards: 
alanotablechildren'srecording
Publication Date: 
2001

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Short Review: 
When the king announces his plan to marry the most beautiful and worthy daughter of the land, two sisters similar in beauty, but different in temperament and character, travel to the palace in the great city. Steptoe’s lush illustrations, and Robin Miles’ stately African-accented reading transport the reader/listener to another time and place.
Long Review: 

Though Mufaro’s two daughters are both beautiful, their characters are as different as night and day – Nyasha is kind and giving, while Manyara is jealous and selfish, saying that one day she will be queen, and Nyasha will be but a servant in her household. When a royal proclamation announces the king’s plan to marry the most beautiful and worthy daughter of the land, both Nyasha and Manyara set out for the great city to appear before the king. But unbeknownst to both sisters, the king transforms himself, appearing in many guises to test the two on their journey through the jungle. What he sees of Manyara and Nyasha confirms his choice, and by tale’s end, Nyasha is Queen – and Manyara is a servant in her household.
Set in the ancient civilization of Great Zimbabwe, this African tale is reminiscent of theCinderella story. Steptoe’s Caldecott Honor winning illustrations of lush landscapes filled with the flora and fauna of Zimbabwe combine with Robin Miles’ stately African-accented reading and brief passages of African style music to transport the reader/listener to another time and place. As with most book & cassette sets, here young listeners have the choice of listening to the story uninterrupted, or with page-turning prompts.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer