Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters Character Traits

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters Character Traits
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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe Activities

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe

Lesson Plans by Lauren Ayube

Originating in Zimbabwe, Caldecott Medal and Coretta Scott King Award winning Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters is a wonderful tale about the importance of kindness and treating others with empathy. Students will love the similarities between the story and the timeless classic Cinderella, and teachers will love the lesson that it teaches: beauty comes from within, and kindness matters.


Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Storyboard Description

Students can compare and contrast the character traits that Nyasha and Manyara display in the folktale Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.

Storyboard Text

  • Nyasha: Kind
  • Example 1
  • You are welcome here, little Nyoka.
  • Example 2
  • You must be hungry.
  • When she saw a snake in her garden, she welcomed him and named him Nyoka.
  • Someday Nayasha, I will be a queen, and you will be a servant in my household.
  • I would be pleased to serve you, but why do you say such things?
  • When she came across the hungry boy in the forest, she gave him her lunch.
  • Out of my way boy. Tomorrow I will become your queen.
  • Manyara: Ill Tempered
  • Whenever their father wasn't around, Manyara teased her sister and said mean things to her.
  • When Manyara came across a poor, hungry young boy, she refused to give him food and told him to get out of her way.
  • Please, I am so very hungry.
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