Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Digital Storytelling


Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters is about an African King Mufaro and his daughters Nyasha and Manyara. Everyone in the village agreed that his daughters were the most beautiful and Nyasha had the attitude to match. She was considerate and kind as she was beautiful. Her sister on the other hand was selfish, angry and spoiled. The King of another village wanted “The Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughters in the Land” and Mufaro decides the king will choose between his two beautiful daughters. The book includes illustrations that exquisitely display the story.

Culture and History: The book connects with culture because it is a Zimbabwean folktale. The illustrations and the story itself gives students a glimpse of what life could have been like in a Zimbabwe village. The book could also be a good way to discuss geography and have them locate Zimbabwe on a map and you could also discuss what life is like present day.


Mufaro's BeautifulDaughter'sJohn Steptoe


Strengths: One strength of the book is the illustrations and how detailed they are. They give a detailed representation of the folktale. Text-to-self: This is one of my favorite childhood stories. My father read it to my sisters and me growing up. He would also tell us Liberian folktales as well. Text-to-world: A connection to the world could be Cinderella and how instead of one mean sister she had two and instead of being a princess she became queen. Students could compare and contrast both stories


Students might mistake the stories representation of life in Africa as what the culture in Africa is currently like.


Erica Giko


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