Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters


Author: John Steptoe

Illustrator: John Steptoe

STEPTOE, John. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. An African Tale. [NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1987]. 4to, [32]pp. Glazed color pictorial boards. Aquamarine endpapers; color illustrations on nearly every page. Minute rubbing to lower front corner, outer hinges slightly discolored (probably from binding glue) else a fine, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (medal not affixed).

First edition. 1988 Caldecott Honor Book! This is the story of Mufaro, a father who is proud of his two beautiful daughters. Nyasha is kind and considerate, but everyone—except Mufaro—knows that Manyara is selfish and bad-tempered. When the Great King decides to take a wife and invites the most worthy and beautiful daughters in the land to appear before him, Mufaro brings both of his daughters—but only one can be queen. Who will the king choose? One of the late John Steptoe’s most beautiful books.