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Author: John Steptoe
Key Words: Children, Geography, Africa, Folktale, Fairytale

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Book Description:

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.

Reviewers Thoughts

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an African "Cinderella" story, complete with a beautiful girl (both inside and out) and her beautiful, but wicked, sister. The difference between true beauty and inward ugliness is made crystal clear and would lead to a great follow up discussion with your kiddos.

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5 = Loved It, 4 = Really Liked It, 3 = Liked It, 2 = It's Okay, 1 = Didn't Like It.

Book Details

Cleanliness: There is fairy tale magic. A king transforms himself into various disguises. A girl sees something beautiful and says "A great spirit must stand guard here!"

Ages: 4 - 8

Grade Level: PreK - 3rd

Pages: 32

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