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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), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 32 pages
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Tags:folk tale, teen, American Indian

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The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (1992)


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This take on the Algonquin Cinderella story portrays a rough-faced girl who is mistreated by her two older sisters. The two sisters want to marry an invisible man, but in order to do so they must be able to see him and prove that they can see him. Unfortunately the two sisters aren't able to see the invisible man, but the rough-faced girl can describe his rainbow bow and lily way sled. The two are married, and the rough-faced girl is cleansed of her scars after a bath. The illustrations are very realistic, so anyone reading is able to see clearly how the characters are feeling. This story has a wonderful lesson for everyone, that beauty and appearance are not the most important thing in life and that one should not judge a person my their appearance. ( )
  brittburditt | Nov 23, 2018 |
Based on the Algonquin Cinderella story, the Rough-Face girl is lonely and miserable due to the mistreatment by her two older sisters. The sisters pursue the Invisible Being, a man of power and wealth who agrees to marry the one who sees him, but fail to prove that they are able to see him. The Rough-Faced Girl, clad in torn and unbecoming clothes and moccasins, is able to identify the Invisible Being's rainbow bow and Milky Way sled and marries him. The story ends with a cleansing bath that removes her scars. The detailed illustrations are large, covering one page while the text stands alone on a while background on the mirroring page. This story allows for many open-ended questions and interpretations, making it a great potential read aloud with students. ( )
  HSunseri | Nov 20, 2018 |
In a village by the shores of Lake Ontario lived an invisible being. All the young women wanted to marry him because he was rich, powerful, and supposedly very handsome. But to marry the invisible being the women had to prove to his sister that they had seen him. And none had been able to get past the sister's stern, all-knowing gaze.

Then came the Rough-Face girl, scarred from working by the fire. Could she succeed where her beautiful, cruel sisters had failed? (amazon)
  zahanse1 | Nov 4, 2018 |
An Algonquin Cinderella story based on the ability to see beauty and goodness beyond the material world. The Rough-Face Girl's two spoiled sisters cannot see past their own selfishness to notice the beauty all around them, but the Invisible Being and his sister can see past the scars and all the beauty within the Rough-Face Girl.
  HildmanJ | Jul 25, 2018 |
I enjoyed this book. One thing I really liked about this book were the illustrations. I believe they enhance the story and match the written text. The illustrations are drawn in a realistic way, which causes the reader to get lost in the fairy tale as if it really happened. I also liked the message of the book. The message is that appearance and beauty are not the most important quality to have. The main character has scars on her face and rags as clothing, but still manages to marry the great man in the story. When people tell her she she is too ugly to marry him, she ignores them, knowing her true destiny. This fairy tale promotes a positive message of not judging a person due to their appearance through the journey of an ugly girl that becomes a beautiful and beloved wife. ( )
  ChristianaCortina | Apr 1, 2018 |
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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 see good rewarded and evil punished, or justice, is rare. Stories, however, pass on the realities not of the everyday world but of the human heart. One way in which the universal yearning for justice has been kept alive is by the many tales of Cinderella. Indeed, some 1,500 or so versions of the basic Cinderella story-type have been recorded so far. In each, the cruel and thoughtless at last get their just reward, as do those who are kind and good.
The Rough-Face Girl, an Algonquin Indian Cinderella, is, in its original form, actually part of a longer and more complex traditional story. Brief as it is, however, The Rough-Face Girl remains one of the most magical, mysterious, and beautiful of all Cinderellas. Grown on native soil, its mystery is rooted in our own place. I am happy to pass it on to children and parents today.
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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