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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:Folktale, Fairytale, Cinderella, Multicultural, Native Americans

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The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (1992)


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This is a Native American retelling of Cinderella that is beautifully illustrated. The Rough-Face Girl is someone who is courageous and is kind despite how others treat her. As with most Cinderella stories, it's not about where you come from or what you look like but what's on the inside. The story is simply told and easy to follow, with beautiful illustrations to accompany it. This story would be great for young readers and is a new imagining of a classic story. ( )
  smg389 | Jul 17, 2017 |
"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." Beautiful illustrations. Would be good to use in a folk tale lesson or in a lesson about how to treat others.
  KimHoffmann | Jul 16, 2017 |
"The Rough-Face Girl" by Rafe Martin and illustrated by David Shannon is the Cinderella story with a Native American twist. In a village there is the Invisible-Being and no one can see him except his sister. All of the young women of the village want to marry him but it is only the young woman who can truly see him that can do so. However, there is a young woman with scarred hands and burnt hair who claims that she can see him, the Rough-Face Girl.

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I loved this book! I have always enjoyed traditional fairy-tales and this book is one of my new favorites. I am part Native American so it was really nice to see the incorporation of Native American culture into the traditional Cinderella story. I also loved the artwork in the book. The colors have the neutral tan colors with a little vivid color that most Native American art has. The one thing that I don't like about this book is the length; it's too short! I wanted more of this story.

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1.) This book is a great why to introduce Native American culture into learning especially since it has that typical Cinderella story line. This means that the majority of children will already be familiar with the story but they will get to hear it from a different cultural standpoint.
2.) This story also teaches the value of internal beauty and not judging a book by its cover. ( )
  BreannaDavid | Jul 15, 2017 |
This book is an amazing and mysterious remake to the classic tale of Cinderella. The story tells of a invisible being in search of a bride. Being that the character in the book is known as the rough face girl, no one is expecting the invisible being to want her. However the catch is that the being is invisible is looking for the bride that can see him..

I personally am in love with the book! The reason I feel like the story is mysterious is the ending and the fact that the being is invisible. I feel like he is invisible and in search of someone that is not consumed with themselves so that "it" can truly be loved unconditionally. It requires that person to fall in love with the inner and the "being" mere presence, because the outside is a mystery.

I would add this book to library and use the story as a tool to spark the conversation about beauty and nature. ( )
  LatriciaMurphy | Jul 14, 2017 |
A beautiful story about a native american girl who has been shunned from her village because of her looks. Teaches about native american culture plue, has beautiful illustrations. ( )
  hannahmariebell | Apr 11, 2017 |
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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. —R. M.
To Heidi, Bonne Bonne, and Donny. —D. S.
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Once, long ago, there was 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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