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Sootface by Robert D. San Souci


by Robert D. San Souci, Daniel San Souci (Illustrator)

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This is an Ojibwa version of Cinderella. The father is still alive and she's bullied by her two older sisters. Her purity gives her the opportunity to see the best hunter that was looking for a bride.
I love this version because it still has the aspect of a Cinderella story, but with the culture difference of the Ojibwa tribe.
  Y-NhiVu | Oct 2, 2014 |
The Native American folktale tells one culture's version of Cinderella. It is a clever, sweet tale with one hardworking girl who is mistreated by her family, and a mighty warrior who is looking for a spouse. While many Cinderella tales fail to give the heroine any real redeeming qualities beyond her victimization and beauty, this tale paints the picture of the sort of gentle, compassionate, determined woman girls could look up to. ( )
  Laene | Apr 27, 2013 |
This story was the Native American version of Cinderella. I really enjoyed it. In this version of Cinderella there were still two older sisters who gave the girl the name Sootface. They also gave her a hard time. The prince this time was a great warrior who was invisible and would only choose the girl who could see what his invisible bow and bow string were mad out of. Of course the older sisters tried and failed and Sootface tried and succeeded. I think this would be a great version to use to compare other Cinderella stories too because while it had many of the same characteristics as a "regular" Cinderella it was also a lot different. ( )
  LauraMcQueen | Apr 19, 2013 |
The Native American version of Cinderella. Sootface is the only person who can see the invisible hunter and she becomes his wife. She is magically made beautiful again. ( )
  ArielDean | Apr 5, 2013 |
Sootface is an Ojubwa Cinderella story. ( )
  TamaraSmith | Mar 19, 2013 |
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Once, an Ojibwa man whose wife had died raised three daughters alone.
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Once, an Ojibwa man whose wife had died raised three daughters alone. The two older girls were lazy and bad-tempered, and made their youngest sister do all the work. When the flames from the cooking fire singed her hair or burned her skin, they laughed and called her Sootface.

While she worked, Sootface dreamed that one day she would find a husband. Then a mighty warrior with the power to make himself invisible decides to marry. Only a woman with a kind and honest heart could see him, and be his bride.

Though her sisters ridicule her, Sootface sets off to try her luck, never looking back. Her courage and good nature bring her the husband she has longed for.

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Although she is mocked and mistreated by her two older sisters, an Indian maiden wins a mighty invisible warrior for her husband with her kind and honest heart.

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