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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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This traditional native american tale is compared to Cinderella quite often because the girl in the story is seen as being ugly and meets some megical beings that transform her into a beauty. The illustrations in this book are so beautiful and this could be integrated into a unit on folktales or native american culture, or comparing different versions of fairy tales by examining multicultural literature. The elements of storytelling and story elements as well as symbolism can be studied and developed with a story of this rich language and length. ( )
  Kaitlyn_Rivera | Mar 15, 2017 |
This book could be used as a class read for 4th grade because it is a logner picture book. It would be a class read because there are small details the students could not see if it was an interactive read aloud.
  brandi3325 | Mar 8, 2017 |
This is a retelling of Algonquin Indian folklore in the style of Cinderella Story. A girl that has burns and scaring because she must tend to fires and the hot cinders burn her, is the only one that can see the invisible man that all the girls in the village want to marry. The sister of the invisible man can see that the girl is telling the truth when she says that she can see the invisible man so she lets them wed. They live happily ever after.
This is a fun retelling of cinderella because it shares the Algonquin Indian culture. There is a theme of seeing the beauty that nature has to offer and would be a great story to share in class to show another culture. ( )
  JuliaTrinchero | Mar 5, 2017 |
The finest clothes, jewelry, and looks, all external elements, do not compare to the importance of a pure and kind heart. In other words, it is what’s inside that matters most, not the outside. I enjoyed how the book pushes the reader to think beyond their own perspective. For example, when we find out that the Rough Face girl is the only one who can see the Invisible being, I was confronted with many perspectives and questions - Is she the only one who sees the invisible being because there is something magical and good inside her? Is the invisible man a real man or is there spiritual meaning here? Is the invisible man a past-life lover of the rough face girl, reflecting that we always will find the ones we love? The book leaves the end up for many posing questions and interpretations which foster critical thinking. I also enjoyed how well-developed the characters were, for example, it was clear that the two sisters of rough face girl were very cruel, such as forcing her to feed the flames which contributed to the burned scars on her face and arms. This gives the reader a sense of remorse for the protagonist. But we also get a sense of bravery of the rough face girl who, despite being teased and laughed at for making her own clothes to marry the invisible man, she stood tall – “The rough face girl had faith in herself and she had courage. She didn’t turn back. She just kept walking right through the village.” These well-developed characters helped give greater impact to the theme of the book. ( )
  thodge3 | Feb 25, 2017 |
Summary: A young Native American woman lives in the village with her father and two sisters. Her sisters are very unkind to her and call her Rough-Face Girl from where she has been burned tending to the fire. But when her sisters try to marry the invisible being, a powerful hunter who can only be seen by those pure of heart. The sisters cannot see him of course, but the Rough-Face girl in her bark dress and over-sized moccasins proves that a beautiful heart means more than a beautiful face.

Review: I really enjoyed this story. It is a familiar trope that many are familiar with, a Cinderella-esque tale. But even better than Cinderella for the girl is not virtuous by way of her beauty, but beautiful by way of her virtues.

Craft Elements/Lesson: Compare and contrast the Rough-Face Girl with another Cinderella story. ( )
  lmguest | Dec 9, 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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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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