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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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The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (1992)

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This Native American version of the Cinderella story is lovely and haunting. It is a fitting parallel to the original or the "Disney" version which is well known to most students--and you could easily picture a discussion of comparison and contrast. The references in text and pictures to Algonquin Indian culture is woven into the story of a young girl, mistreated by her older sisters, who through self reliance and determination finds herself worthy of true love. What stands out to me are the faces of the characters painted by David Shannon--the taunting and pride of her sisters, the "awesome face" she sees in the beauty of nature, the grounded calm of the Invisible Being's sister, and the joy of the Rough Faced Girl bathing in the magic lake ( )
  Stsmurphy | Jun 7, 2014 |
Reading Level: Primary
Genre: Traditional Literature
Summary: An Algonquin Indian version of the classic Cinderella story, the Rough-Face girl and her two mean sisters try to win the affections of the handsome Invisible Being. Will the Rough-Face girl’s beautiful heart win him over, or will the two sister’s beautiful looks win his love?
Evaluation: This book provides the reader with the well-known Cinderella story as it is told by a different culture. The Rough-Face Girl helps the reader understand the Indian culture because it follows the same storyline as the classic Cinderella. It explains Native American culture, storytelling and tradition by providing the reader with a traditional piece of literature from the Algonquin Indians. It shows the reader that the beauty of a good heart shines much brighter than outside beauty. This book not only gives students an insight to Native American culture, but it also teaches them a great lesson. The illustrations in this book are also very beautiful because they help the reader visualize the story and show them what Native Americans wore, looked like, and how they lived.
  rdg301library | May 27, 2014 |
This version of Cinderella is about a Native American girl named rough faced girl, who has two cruel sisters. The sisters make rough face girl feed the fire until the flames damage her whole body. The two cruel sisters try to impress the invisible man and his sister but they cannot see him. The rough faced daughter says she sees the invisible man everywhere she looks, but she has no way to impress him. One day the rough faced girl decides to do her best to create an outfit and goes to look for him. She sees the invisible man’s face in the beauty of nature. The man’s sister, full of wisdom, saw the rough face girl’s kind heart. The rough faced girl is able to answer the sister’s two questions so she brings the rough face girl back to the invisible man’s wigwam. He is also impressed with her and the sister has her bathe in the lake where her body and hair returned to its original beauty. The invisible man and the rough faced girl get married. ( )
  azlanshae | May 15, 2014 |
The Rough Face Girl by Rafe Martin. Illustrated by David Shannon. Published by Scholastic. Copyright 1992. pg. 29

Type of Book: Folklore

Summary: It takes place in a village on the shores of lake Ontario. In the largest Wigwam lives an invisible being. He is rich and powerful. All of the woman want to marry him but it is said that he will only marry the one who can see hi. A poor man with three daughters also lives in this village. The two oldest daughters were mean to the youngest. They made her sit by the fire and feed the flames. This burned her skin, face and hair. Her hands and face were scarred and rough. The two eldest sisters try to convince the invisible being that they can see him but they are lying and are rejected. The rough face girl goes to the invisible being because she has seen him. The invisible being's sister heals the scars and she marries her love. They live happily ever after.

Response: This story is based off of Cinderella. It is set in a different culture. I think it is good for students to learn about other cultures. The story would be good for third to fifth graders.
  singleton2012 | Apr 24, 2014 |
At first sight this book is not very appealing, you have to read it to understand why illustrations are the way they are. That was exactly how I went through it with my daughter and she ended up enjoying it and going through the illustrations herself. I like books which help moms teach lessons! ;) Thank you goodreads!! ( )
  lmeza | Feb 6, 2014 |
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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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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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