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The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin

The Rough-Face Girl (original 1992; edition 1998)

by Rafe Martin

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Title:The Rough-Face Girl
Authors:Rafe Martin
Info:Puffin (1998), Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:native american, fiction, cinderella story

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The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (1992)


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The genre for Rough-Face Girl is traditional literature. It is a book about the traditional story of Cinderella, but the little girl is Algonquin in this story. She has a scar, but she has true beauty on the inside. I think this can be used in the classroom to show kids that looks are not the only thing that matters and that what is on the inside is the only thing that counts. ( )
  IeshaDavis | Apr 12, 2016 |
I liked this book for two reasons. First, the illustrations enhance the story. The author uses oil paintings in the book, which provide it with a rustic and aged feeling. This contributes to the historical time period that the story takes place in. Along with this, the illustrations are detailed and contribute to the story with their clear portrayal of each characters' emotions throughout the book. With such attention to detail in the illustrations, the pictures help contribute to setting the time period of the story, as well as helping the audience understand the emotions and feelings of each character throughout the story. I also like this book because it pushes the readers to broaden their perspectives and think outside of their comfort zones. The book has the audience think from another person's point of view, and allows them to step into someone else's shoes. The author truly depicts the struggles of the rough-face girl and has the audience empathize with this mistreatment that she endures. For example, the author writes, "The two older daughters were cruel and hardhearted, and they made their youngest sister sit by the fire and feed the flames. When the burning branches popped, the sparks fell on her. . . her hands became burnt and scarred. . . even her face was marked by the fire" (p. 1). The audience is pushed outside of their comfort zone to imagine the mistreatment that the main character endured. The big message of this story is to see people as they truly are, and happiness is not based on appearance. ( )
  kaylafrey | Mar 15, 2016 |
A rich and powerful man lived inside a wigwam, and every eligible woman wants to marry him. The man will only choose a bride that is able to see him, as he is invisible. A poor man lives in the same village has three daughters. Two of the daughters have beautiful faces and require from their father the best Indian things. The third daughter is left with a rough face from a fire, so she is considered ugly and is constantly ridiculed. The beautiful daughters desire to meet the invisible man. They ask their father for beautiful necklaces. The father gives them their request. They set off to see the invisible man. When the sisters enter the wigwam, they lie about being able to see the invisible man. The beautiful sisters are sent away shamed. The ugly sister desires to see the invisible man, but the father does not have a beautiful necklace for her just bones. She makes a necklace and sets out. On her journey, she sees the beauty in the elements and marvels at nature. She sees the invisible man and is told to go wash in the river. When she washes in the water, her rough skin is removed, and she transforms into the most beautiful girl. She and the invisible man are married and they live a rich, powerful, and picturesque life together. This story echoes the classic story of Cinderella, a poor humble girl who wins the heart of a prince. However, the pages filled with pictures and text that are rich in Indian culture. The themes of prejudice, good and evil, and love are prevalent throughout. This book offers the excellent lesson that true beauty is what is on the inside not on the outside. ( )
  JanaeCamardelle | Feb 17, 2016 |
Genre: Folklore
Why it fits this genre:
-It has been handed down orally by the Algonquin Indian community

I would use this book to:
-present students to the genre of folklore
-have students compare and contrast the cinderella story the are familiar with and this story.

Summary: Like everyone in the village, the Rough-Faced Girl wants to marry the Invisible Being. However, in order to marry the Invisible Being he has to be seen. The Rough-Faced girl's two beautiful older sisters also hope to marry the Invisible being so they tell the Invisible Being's sister that they have seen him. The sister denies their request and tells them that they are lying. The Invisible Being shows himself to the Rough-Faced Girl so she goes and tells his sister. The sister believes her and the Rough-Faced Girl and Invisible being get married.

Media: oil paint ( )
  DaliaL. | Feb 17, 2016 |
The Rough-Face Girl tells a Cinderella-like story of a girl who is scarred by fire. Her sisters try to impress the Invisible Being and his sister in order to marry him. When they fail, the Rough-Face girl goes and answers the questions correctly, revealing that she sees the Invisible Being in nature. Impressing his sister with her pure soul, the Rough-Face girl's face is washed clean and the Invisible Being is revealed to her.

The illustrations are acrylic paintings.

GENRE: Fairy tale (there are magical elements such as the Invisible Being and Rough-Face girl's face being washed clean)

- have students draw what they imagine the Invisible Being to look like
- help introduce Native American cultures and folklore
- use to start discussion about beauty being on the inside, not just the outside
  sso14 | Feb 15, 2016 |
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Based on an Algonquian legend, this Cinderella story is, "in its original form, actually part of a longer and more complex traditional story." Three sisters compete for the love of the Invisible Hunter, who rejects the two beautiful but cruel and hard-hearted sisters for the scarred sister who is beautiful inside. Illustrated with striking full-page, full-color paintings.

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Rafe Martinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shannon, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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To the enduring vision of the earth's traditional peoples - RM
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Once, long ago. there was a a village by the shores of Lake Ontario.
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Traditional/folk and fairy tales. Primary-intermediate. An Algonquin Cinderella story incorporating Shannon’s realistic paintings. The Invisible Being is the coveted husband, and the materialistic sisters cannot see what the Rough-Face Girl sees: the beauty and power in nature. Good for comparative literature, Native American literature/studies. Too wordy for preschool.
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In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, the Rough-Face Girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for the affections of the Invisible Being.

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