The Rough-Face Girl

roughface-sby Rafe Martin, illustrated by David Shannon. G.P. Putnam’s Sons (1992)

Summary: In an Algonquin village by the shores of Lake Ontario, many young women have tried to win the affections of the rich and powerful Invisible Being who lives with his sister in a great wigwam near the forest. No one can do it because they cannot prove to his sister that they have seen him. Meanwhile ,the Rough-Faced girl (that way because she was forced to keep the fire by her mean sisters and has become scarred) sees him everywhere she looks. Will she succeed when she goes to prove herself to the Invisible Being’s sister?

Uses: A haunting and unusual take on Cinderella, this story would be a dynamic example to students how different fairy tales can be.

Awards: IRA Teacher’s Choice Award, Association of Booksellers for Children Booksellers’ Choice Award, Golden Sower Award

Borrowed from the Knoxville Public Library


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