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The Rough Face Girl
Then came the Rough-Face girl, scarred ...more
"This moving adaptation of the classic children's story Cinderella tells how a disfigured Algonquin girl wins the heart of a mysterious being who lives by the lake near her village.
The powerful Invisible Being is looking for a wife, and all the girls in the village vie for his affections. But only the girl who proves she can see him will be his bride. The two beautif ...more
In a village near Lake Ontario, there lived a poor man who ...more
Gorgeous, beautiful and rich and dark and full and lively and soft and... I love them so much Pee-Wee Herman asked my why don't I marry them and I said "I will" and had a little ceremony and a honeymoon where I stared at them over and over...
The story is a nice adaptation, using what seem to be authentic Algonquin themes and mores, but as I am not Algonquin, I can only guess. The similarity to the classic "Cinderella" tale are obvious, but this story seem ...more
Here, the Cinderalla figure is scarred by fire from the work she’s had to do and she’s the one who has to find/see the prince figure in order to marry him.
There is a whole theme of beauty on the inside being what’s important, and here nature also plays a central role. The “invisible being” our heroine wants to marry seems to be one with nature.
The ending seems open to interpretation, but ...more
A gorgeously illustrated fusion of Mi'kmaq folktales and the traditional French version of Cinderella. The youngest sister of three, scarred and ashed-stained, is the only one who can see the powerful Invisible Being for who he truly is, which eventually leads her to leave her abusive family for a better life. Here we see the tried-and-true concept of internal beauty triumphing over external, wonderfully detailed by the illustrations of David Shannon.
The Rough-Face Girl is a wonderful picture book due to its creative but effective life lesson as well as traditional Cinderella type story. This books reveals the how there are consequences not treating others nicely as shown with the two sisters who made the third sister keep to the fire to the extent that the fire charred and burnt her skin. In addition, it goes to show that you are more likely to be ...more
The Rough Face Girl was awarded the CBC children’s book of the year. Illustrated by David Shannon
The stories plot begins very similar to the traditional Cinderella version where two mean sisters mistreat the kind sister making her life sad and miserable. In this story we learn that the rough face girl is given that n ...more
The Rough-Face Girl is a folktale based off of a well-known story, Cinderella. This book places a cultural twist on the typical story we think of. There are still two evil sisters, but instead they are going after a husband who is an invisible being. His hand is marriage is guarded by his all-knowing sister who knows who has truly seen him and who has not. Her face being scarred by ashes, she has to stand up for who she is in order to marry the man she is meant for.
It earns that distinction for the variation it takes on the theme, depicting the "Cinderella" character to actually have physically scars--tell-tale signs of cinders--on her aspect. This is in contrast to others, including the Disney version, that cast Cinderella as a victim of servitude or ill-will, though not actual harm. As a result, you are immediately sympathet ...more
I guess the reason is that women care so much about their looks, especially American women. There is vanity and superficiality inside of a lot of today's women, even if they don't recognize it in themselves. (For instance, some female who might appear plain all of the time might be the type to cry because she doesn't feel pretty. Maybe she's not the type to cry easily and wouldn't shed a tear over anything else, but if she feels ugly she'll cry. Females are sensitive to how th ...more
The Rough-Face Girl is an admirable heroine for her combinati ...more
One upon a time, there lived a poor man with three daughters. Like all the young girls in the village, the man’s daughters admired and wanted to marry the rich and powerful Invisible Being who lived in a wigwam decorated with images of beautiful scenery. The youngest of the three daughters was treated like a servant and ordered by her heartless sisters to tend the fire, whic ...more
The Rough-Face Girl , a shortened version of the original Algonquin tale, tells the story of the youngest daughter of a poor man who is abused by her sisters and forced to feed the flames of their dwindling fire. With burnt, scarred skin and ragged hair, no one in the village can see the true ...more
I remember loving this book as I was always interested in Native Americans because of my own family's Maliseet heritage. The illustrations are beautiful and evocative. It's somewhat of a Cinderella story, but on my first adult reading I have a bi ...more
This book is an Algonquin Indian folk tale. It is a powerful version of the Cinderella story. In a small village there lived a girl who was severely scarred from working by the fire. There was an handsome, powerful invisible being that all the girls in the village wanted to marry however none succeeded, not even the rough face girl's wicked older sisters. The rough face girl is strong and smart and she wins the heart of the invisible being. She is no longer scarred and the invisible being marri...more