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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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Rating:****
Tags:Folktale, Fairytale, Cinderella, Multicultural, Native Americans

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The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (1992)

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For this cultural variation of Cinderella, Martin draws on an Algonquin Indian folk tale. The text draws on Native American lore and the "Invisible Being" is the Rough-Face Girl's (Cinderella's) "Prince".

There are actually over 600 variants of the Cinderalla tale (something I learned from studying children's literature in a few grad school classes). This variant is one of the oldest (the oldest is Chinese in origin, dating back to at least 400 A.D., if not further.

Martin draws on the classic theme of beauty being within to present this variant of the Cinderella tale. But what really makes this text are Shannon's (best known, perhaps, for his David books, especially No, David!) illustrations, for which, according to the book jacket, he spent time studying Native American art at the Museum of the American Indian in New York City. His illustrations leap off the page; you can truly feel the "ugliness" of the Rough-face girls sisters through their haughty demeanor depicted in Shannon's visual interpretation of these two characters. ( )
  slpwhitehead | Jan 17, 2016 |
For this cultural variation of Cinderella, Martin draws on an Algonquin Indian folk tale. The text draws on Native American lore and the "Invisible Being" is the Rough-Face Girl's (Cinderella's) "Prince".

There are actually over 600 variants of the Cinderalla tale (something I learned from studying children's literature in a few grad school classes). This variant is one of the oldest (the oldest is Chinese in origin, dating back to at least 400 A.D., if not further.

Martin draws on the classic theme of beauty being within to present this variant of the Cinderella tale. But what really makes this text are Shannon's (best known, perhaps, for his David books, especially No, David!) illustrations, for which, according to the book jacket, he spent time studying Native American art at the Museum of the American Indian in New York City. His illustrations leap off the page; you can truly feel the "ugliness" of the Rough-face girls sisters through their haughty demeanor depicted in Shannon's visual interpretation of these two characters. ( )
  slpwhitehead | Jan 16, 2016 |
The Rough-Faced Girl is an Algonquin version of Cinderella. Dealing with inner beauty vs. outer. Beautifully illustrated by David Shannon. This is a great book to share with children. Rich in Native American culture, this would be a great book for a discussion on other cultures. ( )
  JPEmmrich5 | Dec 3, 2015 |
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. The Rough Face Girl wins the heart of the man of her dreams. ( )
  Alison14 | Nov 16, 2015 |
This story is an old Indian tale about a man that no one can see, with the exception of his sister and the woman meant to marry him. In this tribe there are three sisters. Two are determined to marry the man that cannot be seen. The third sister is bullies by her two sisters and is made to sit by the fire and keep it going at all times. Sometimes the sparks come out and hit the girl in the face and arms. The two sisters try to marry the man that cannot be seen but fail but the third sister says she has seen him and goes to see him. When she does she is chosen as the one and made beautiful again.
I love this story because it shows that in the end those with a kind heart do win. It shows children that being hateful only makes them seem ugly and how bullying another can hurt them. A neat classroom activity would be to have the students write an alternate ending or draw a picture of what they think the man that cannot be seen looks like.
  Sayge | Oct 28, 2015 |
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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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