Jafta the homecoming

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this is one of those books that I did not find  at all interesting that my youngster absolutely adored.  i’m not sure why, but we’ve read it every night for a week. unlike most other books she doesn’t ask any questions, she just is happy (and insists upon) to have it read to her. plot: jafta missed his father while he is working away from home and is glad he is returning. 

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.