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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters is an African fairy tale. Mufaro has two daughters: Nyasha and Manyara. Nyasha is nice and beautiful, but Manyara is selfish and mean. Nyasha takes care of a garden and is friends with a snake she names Nyoka. The king decides to have a party to find his wife. Manyara sneaks out of the village in the middle of the night to make sure she reaches the kind first, and on the way she ignores a hungry little boy and an old woman. Nyasha, on the other hand, gives the boy food and listens to the old woman's directions. At the end of the story it is discovered that the snake is also the king, the little boy, and the old woman. Since Nyasha helped the little boy and the old woman the king chooses her as the most beautiful girl in the kingdom and chooses her as his wife.
Genre: picture book
Copyright: 1987
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