Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughter

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a fairytale similar to cinderella.  two sister: one  sweet and the other mean. spoiler alert: the sweet daughter wins the prince’s heart with her sweetness, of course.  the illustrations are mature but the story holds my girl’s attention. i have the usual feminist problems with the daughters’ aspiration being to please some patriarchal royalty and the daughters being treated as the father’s prized possessions but, the fairytale also teaches kindness, respect, humility and generosity of spirit. oh and there’s a snake. my kid really likes it for the snake.