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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 story was a legend about a young girl who was made fun of by everyone and bullied by her sisters. She was forced to stoke the fire which caused her hair to become singed and scars to build up on her hands, arms and face. There is a man called the invisible man who lives in her village. No one has ever seen him but his sister who lives with him. It is the desire of every woman in the village to marry him. Her sisters ask for the finest clothing from their father and go to his tent to meet him and ask for his hand in marriage. His sister stops them and asks them questions about her brother, because the sisters claim they have seen him. They answer wrongly and are turned away. The girl decides she wants to marry the invisible man. She asks her father for clothes, but he has nothing left to give her besides some old mocassins. She puts them on anyway and goes down to the tent. The sister of the invisible man recognizes the girl has a kind heart and saw her inside beauty. She asks the girl the same questions she asked her sisters. She answers correctly and it is clear she has seen the invisible man. In the end they get married and the girl is transformed to have outward beauty to match her inward beauty. ( )
  kvelin | Feb 2, 2015 |
  mshampson | Oct 23, 2014 |
The Rough Face Girl
Bryan O'Keeffe

This book was really good. I usually try to solve the end of a book as I am reading; but with this book I was not able to figure out the ending of the book. I thought the rough face girl would marry the invisible man but I could not figure out what he looked like. The drawings were done really well. I felt like I was actually in a native american village. The story felt real as if it was an actual native american folk tale. The plot was done really well. The climax happened at a perfect time when the rough face girl's sisters lied and were not able to marry the invisible man. The text flowed along well with the story. The setting was not explicitly written but was very believable because of the drawings and felt like it was pre-Columbian discovery. The message of this book was communicated well but took reading through the whole book in order to get it; what is on the outside is not what is as important as what is on the inside. ( )
  bokeef2 | Oct 14, 2014 |
The Rough-Face Girl is a Native-American version of Cinderella. Two sisters go to the Invisible Being’s teepee by the lake to marry the Invisible Being, each hoping that she will be the one chosen to be the bride of the Invisible Being. The people in the village are in awe of the sisters’ great beauty. The Invisible Being's sister asks them questions before they come into the Invisible Being’s tent. When they don't answer the questions correctly, they are allowed to wait for the Invisible Being in his teepee. Because they have never seen the Invisible Being, the Invisible Being does not reveal himself to them. All they can see is the Invisible Being's bow and arrow. Disappointed in not being able to meet the Invisible Being, they leave without accomplishing their mission. The Rough-Face Girl, whose scars come from working with the fire, decides to marry the Invisible Being. The villagers mock the Rough-Face Girl and remark that the Rough-Face Girl needs to go home. When she meets the Invisible Being’s sister, the Invisible Being’s sister asks her the same questions previously asked of the two beautiful sisters, which the Rough Face Girl answers correctly. The sister asks her to wash in the lake where upon all her scars are washed away and she becomes a very beautiful girl. The Invisible Being marries the girl and they row away across the lake.
David Shannon is the illustrator and uses the background to create a negative space image of the Invisible Being. You can see the Invisible Being when you look at the clouds, or see his face while looking at the valley. The trees become the eyes of the Invisible Being, the clouds part of his face, and the sides of the hills serve as the outline of the face. The pictures really help tell the story.
I like to use this book to help teach about the tale of Cinderella, and how different versions of it are used in various cultures around the world. I teach the students how to compare and contrast the various versions of this popular fairy tale. ( )
  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 |
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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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