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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (Spanish Edition): Las Bellas Hijas de Mufaro (Reading Rainbow)

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A Caldecott Honor and Reading Rainbow book, this memorable modern fable is now available in Spanish in a Rayo edition.

Inspired by a traditional African folktale, this is the story of Mufaro, a happy man 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 king decides to take a wife and invites "The Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughters in the Land" to appear before him, Mufaro declares that only a king can decide between his two lovely daughters. But only one can be queen. Who will the king choose?

Synopsis:

To mark the tenth anniversary of Mufaros Beautiful Daughters, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Illustration, we are pleased to make this celebrated book available in a Spanish-language edition.

The Cinderella story is evoked in this African tale in its portrayal of two sisters, spiteful Manyara and considerate Nyasha, and the young king who is searching for a bride.

Synopsis:

Mufaro tiene dos bellas hijas. Nyasha es arnable y considerada, pero Manyara es egoísta y consentida. Cuando el rey decide buscar esposa entre "Las hijas más dignas y bellas del reino," Manyara decide que ella será la elegida. Esta fábula clásica es tambián un viaje fantástico a Zimbabwe, con todo el esplendor y belleza que nos brinda esta antigua tierra.

About the Author

John Steptoe was born in Brooklyn. From early childhood, he drew pictures and told stories with them. He started work on Stevie, his first picture book, when he was sixteen, and Stevie was published three years later to outstanding critical acclaim. Since then, he has written and illustrated many successful books for children.

John Lewis Steptoe, creator of award-winning picture books for children, was born in Brooklyn on September 14, 1950 and was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of that borough. He began drawing as a young child and received his formal art training at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. He was a student in the HARYOU-ACT Art Program and instructed by the highly recognized African American oil painter, Norman Lewis. He also studied at the Vermont Academy, where he was instructed by the sculptor, John Torres, and William Majors, a painter acclaimed by the Museum of Modem Art for his etchings and print-making.

His work first came to national attention in 1969 when his first book, Stevie, appeared in its entirety in Life magazine, hailed as "a new kind of book for black children." Mr. Steptoe, who had begun work on Stevie at the age of 16, was then 18 years old.

In his 20-year career, Mr. Steptoe illustrated 15 more picture books, ten of which he also wrote. The American Library Association named two of his books Caldecott Honor Books, a prestigious award for children's book illustration: The Story of Jumping Mouse in 1985 and Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters in 1988. Mr. Steptoe twice received the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, for Mother Crocodile (text by Rosa Guy) in 1982, and for Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.

While all of Mr. Steptoe's work deals with aspects of the African American experience, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters was acknowledged by reviewers and critics as a breakthrough. Based on an African tale recorded in the 19th century, it required Mr. Steptoe for the first time to research African history and culture, awakening his pride in his African ancestry. Mr. Steptoe hoped that his books would lead children, especially African American children, to feel pride in their origins and in who they are. "I am not an exception to the rule among my race of people," he said, accepting the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Illustration, "I am the rule. By that I mean there are a great many others like me where I come from."

Mr. Steptoe frequently spoke to audiences of children and adults about his work. He was the 1989 winner of the Milner Award, voted by Atlanta schoolchildren for their favorite author.

John Steptoe died on August 28, 1989 at Saint Luke's Hospital in Manhattan, following a long illness. He was 38 years old and lived in Brooklyn. Mr. Steptoe was among the small handful of African American artists who have made a career in children's books.

John Steptoe was born in Brooklyn. From early childhood, he drew pictures and told stories with them. He started work on Stevie, his first picture book, when he was sixteen, and Stevie was published three years later to outstanding critical acclaim. Since then, he has written and illustrated many successful books for children.

John Lewis Steptoe, creator of award-winning picture books for children, was born in Brooklyn on September 14, 1950 and was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of that borough. He began drawing as a young child and received his formal art training at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. He was a student in the HARYOU-ACT Art Program and instructed by the highly recognized African American oil painter, Norman Lewis. He also studied at the Vermont Academy, where he was instructed by the sculptor, John Torres, and William Majors, a painter acclaimed by the Museum of Modem Art for his etchings and print-making.

His work first came to national attention in 1969 when his first book, Stevie, appeared in its entirety in Life magazine, hailed as "a new kind of book for black children." Mr. Steptoe, who had begun work on Stevie at the age of 16, was then 18 years old.

In his 20-year career, Mr. Steptoe illustrated 15 more picture books, ten of which he also wrote. The American Library Association named two of his books Caldecott Honor Books, a prestigious award for children's book illustration: The Story of Jumping Mouse in 1985 and Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters in 1988. Mr. Steptoe twice received the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, for Mother Crocodile (text by Rosa Guy) in 1982, and for Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.

While all of Mr. Steptoe's work deals with aspects of the African American experience, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters was acknowledged by reviewers and critics as a breakthrough. Based on an African tale recorded in the 19th century, it required Mr. Steptoe for the first time to research African history and culture, awakening his pride in his African ancestry. Mr. Steptoe hoped that his books would lead children, especially African American children, to feel pride in their origins and in who they are. "I am not an exception to the rule among my race of people," he said, accepting the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Illustration, "I am the rule. By that I mean there are a great many others like me where I come from."

Mr. Steptoe frequently spoke to audiences of children and adults about his work. He was the 1989 winner of the Milner Award, voted by Atlanta schoolchildren for their favorite author.

John Steptoe died on August 28, 1989 at Saint Luke's Hospital in Manhattan, following a long illness. He was 38 years old and lived in Brooklyn. Mr. Steptoe was among the small handful of African American artists who have made a career in children's books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688154813
Subtitle:
Las bellas hijas de Mufaro
Translator:
Kohen, Clarita
Author:
Steptoe, John
Author:
by John Steptoe
Author:
Kohen, Clarita
Publisher:
Rayo
Location:
New York
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Country/Ethnic-General
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Fairy tales
Subject:
Spanish language materials
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - African
Subject:
Folklore -- Africa
Subject:
Novela
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Subject:
Cuentos de hadas
Subject:
JUV012021
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reading rainbow book
Series Volume:
no. 510
Publication Date:
20020917
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
Language:
Spanish
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.81 in 10.32 oz
Age Level:
05-08

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"Synopsis" by , To mark the tenth anniversary of Mufaros Beautiful Daughters, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Illustration, we are pleased to make this celebrated book available in a Spanish-language edition.

The Cinderella story is evoked in this African tale in its portrayal of two sisters, spiteful Manyara and considerate Nyasha, and the young king who is searching for a bride.

"Synopsis" by , Mufaro tiene dos bellas hijas. Nyasha es arnable y considerada, pero Manyara es egoísta y consentida. Cuando el rey decide buscar esposa entre "Las hijas más dignas y bellas del reino," Manyara decide que ella será la elegida. Esta fábula clásica es tambián un viaje fantástico a Zimbabwe, con todo el esplendor y belleza que nos brinda esta antigua tierra.
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