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Steptoe, John, John Steptoe, and John Stevens. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1987. Print.
This is the tale of Mufaro's two daughters, two beautiful girls who react in different ways to the king's search for a wife - one is aggressive and selfish, the other kind and dignified. The king takes on disguises to learn the true nature of both girls and of course chooses Nyasha, the kind and generous daughter, to be his queen.
Born in 1950, John Steptoe was raised in Brooklyn, NY. He began drawing as a young child and received formal art training at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. He also attended the Vermont Academy, where he studied under the sculptor John Torres, a widely acclaimed painter. While all of 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. 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 handful of African American artists who have made a career in children's books.
Caldecott Medal, Newberry Medal
Grades 4-5, ages 9-10, African folklore