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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
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Tags:native american, fiction, cinderella story

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The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (1992)


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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. The Rough Face Girl wins the heart of the man of her dreams. ( )
  Alison14 | Nov 16, 2015 |
This story is an old Indian tale about a man that no one can see, with the exception of his sister and the woman meant to marry him. In this tribe there are three sisters. Two are determined to marry the man that cannot be seen. The third sister is bullies by her two sisters and is made to sit by the fire and keep it going at all times. Sometimes the sparks come out and hit the girl in the face and arms. The two sisters try to marry the man that cannot be seen but fail but the third sister says she has seen him and goes to see him. When she does she is chosen as the one and made beautiful again.
I love this story because it shows that in the end those with a kind heart do win. It shows children that being hateful only makes them seem ugly and how bullying another can hurt them. A neat classroom activity would be to have the students write an alternate ending or draw a picture of what they think the man that cannot be seen looks like.
  Sayge | Oct 28, 2015 |
A sensitive take on the Cinderella story from the Algonquin tribe located in the Lake Ontario area.

The Invisible Being seeks a wife, but to accomplish this, a woman must convince his sister that she has actually seen him. The Rough-Face girl is denied a chance by her arrogant sisters, who take all the finery for themselves. She fashioned makeshift garments out of bark and broken shells, and takes her chances. Her imaginative and inspired descriptions convince the sister of her worthiness, and the Invisible Being is pleased with her kind heart and her poetic soul.

A wonderful tale with wonderous illustrations that perfectly capture the spirit of the Invisible Being and his beloved. Highly recommended.
  MerryMary | Sep 29, 2015 |
I am not sure how I feel about this book. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate this book a 6.5 because of the values it teaches. I appreciated how the authors highlighted positive characteristics such as self-esteem/confidence, which is evident when the main character tells her father that she will marry the powerful Invisible Being despite her prominent scars. Humility is accentuated when the main character says, “Whatever you can spare, I can use” after asking her father for wedding-appropriate materials (and eventually marrying the handsome and powerful Invisible Being). I am also fond of how the authors and illustrator(s) portrayed the value of transcendence and finding value in nature.
I disliked how the the main character’s troubles were cast aside when having married the Invisible Being, who is portrayed as a masculine figure. However, I can agree with this part of the story since it seems to fit the overarching culture of the appropriate time period.
I particularly enjoyed the illustrations of this book and how well they capture the mood of the story. For instance, when the text explains why the main character was given her nickname, the main character is portrayed next to a fire and shows cracks on her pants almost as if to capture the brokenness of the main character and her state. I also liked the details of the illustrations, especially of the Invisible Being’s sister’s eyes; they make the sister look like she can be the wisest, warmest, but also the coldest person you’ve ever seen. ( )
  Amy_Ko | Sep 16, 2015 |
This is a lovely version of Cinderella. Coupled with the gorgeous pictures, the story is told in simple, eloquent prose. Rough Face's cruel sisters make her tend the fire. The sparks scorch her face and hands, and leave her hair burnt and ugly. When her haughty sisters fail to impress the sister of the Invisible Man with their prefect closes and beautiful faces, everyone laughs when Rough Face tries, in her homemade clothes and ugly looks. But it's a fairy tale - and everyone knows, it's the heart that matters.
I found this story delightful and enjoyable - perfect for the lover of Fairy Tales and Folklore, and an excellent addition to any child's library. ( )
  empress8411 | Aug 12, 2015 |
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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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To the enduring vision of the earth's traditional peoples - RM
To Heidi, Bonne Bonne, and Donny - DS
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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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