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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 has always been one of my favorite stories. It is such a beautiful story with beautiful pictures. ( )
  AmberHester | Sep 25, 2016 |
This is great to help teach culture and to be happy with who we are as a person. This will help to engage those that aren't to happy with who they are. ( )
  robe0605 | Aug 2, 2016 |
The story is from a Native American folktale based on Cinderella. The 3rd daughter is scared and therefore not as beautiful on the outside as her two older sisters. But her inner beauty shines through and she is everything the invisible being (the prince) is looking for.
  CindyNeils | Jul 29, 2016 |
This Cinderella story comes from the Native American Algonquin Indian tradition. Featuring the classic Cinderella story structure, Rough Face Girl, scarred from having to tend the fire has two cruel older sisters seeking marriage to the Invisible Being(Prince). David Shannon's illustrations add a captivating depth to the traditional folktale.

"The lived together in great gladness and were never parted."
- Rough Race Girl ( )
  JimStork | Jul 15, 2016 |
Only a woman who can see the great, rich, powerful, handsome, and Invisible Being can marry him.

A poor man has three daughters, the youngest of which is scarred from being forced to constantly tend the fire.

The haughty, hardhearted two older girls decide to dress themselves up and attract the attention of the invisible being. They force their poor father to give them rich jewels and clothing. They lie to the Invisible Being’s sister about being able to see him but she uncovers their deception.

When the third daughter asks for pretty clothes and jewelry, her father has none to give. The third daughter uses her skills and creativity to make her ragged clothes as attractive as possible but the villagers laughed at her attempt. She is able to answer the Invisible Being’s sister’s questions correctly. The third daughter sees the Invisible Being in all the beauties of nature. He chooses to marry her and when she bathes in the lake, all her scars are healed.

The full-page, realistic paintings in this book are phenomenal.

I think it is important to include First Nations stories in our children’s experiences as much as possible.

The messages are important. This book is sure to stimulate interesting discussion. ( )
  Bonnie_Ferrante | Jul 10, 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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Shannon, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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