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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:Folktale, Fairytale, Cinderella, Multicultural, Native Americans

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The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (1992)


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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 |
A young Indian girl, whose face and hands have been burnt from tending the fire, wishes to marry the Invisible Being. Tested by his sister, she alone of all the village maidens is found worthy. This beautiful, haunting retelling of a tale from the Algonquin.
  KButterfield | Dec 7, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book because the characters were well developed. This book is based on a traditional tale of "Cinderella", except it features a girl who is apart of an Indian tribe. Everyone calls her Rough-Faced Girl because she had scars on her face from being forced to sit too close to a fire. Her older sisters were very mean to her and made fun of the way she looked. However, this did not stop her from seeking the "Invisible Being" which is their vision of prince charming. Rough-Faced Girl ended up being the chosen one to be with the Invisible Being. The text states, "So the Rough-Face Girl bathed in the waters of the lake. Suddenly all the scars vanished from her body. Her skin grew smooth again and her beautiful black hair grew in long and gloss as a raven's wing. Now anyone could see that she was, indeed, beautiful. But the Invisible Being and his sister had seen that from the start." The big idea behind this book would be that beauty comes from the inside, not the outside. ( )
  breannaamos | Nov 1, 2016 |
The Rough-Faced Girl is a Native-American take on Cinderella. A girl is bullied by her sisters for her looks and the sisters go to marry the Invisible One. They become rejected and it turns out the younger girl, despite her appearance and poor clothes, is the one accepted for her heart. This story teaches that it is not the clothes you wear or your outward appearance, but your heart that is beautiful. This also teaches children about Native-American culture and comparison of traditional fairy tales. ( )
  adb067 | Oct 22, 2016 |
This has always been one of my favorite stories. It is such a beautiful story with beautiful pictures. ( )
  AmberHester | Sep 25, 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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