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The Rough-face Girl

The Rough-face Girl

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In an Algonquin village by the shores of Lake Ontario, many young women have tried to win the affections of the powerful Invisible Being who lives with his sister in a great wigwam near the forest. Then came the Rough-Face girl, scarred from working by the fire. Can she succeed where her beautiful, cruel sisters have failed? A strong, distinctive tale with art to match. ùKirkus Reviews, pointer review The drama of the haunting illustrationsùand of Martin s respectful retellingùproduce an affecting work. ùPublishers Weekly Rafe Martin lives in Rochester, NY. David Shannon lives in southern California.

Publishers Weekly

In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, two domineering sisters set out to marry the ``rich, powerful, and supposedly handsome'' Invisible Being, first having to prove that they can see him. They cannot, but their mistreated younger sister the Rough-Face Girl--so called because the sparks from the fire have scarred her skin--can, for she sees his ``sweet yet awesome face'' all around her. He then appears to her, reveals her true hidden beauty and marries her. Shannon ( How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have? ) paints powerful, stylized figures and stirring landscapes, heightening their impact with varied use of mist, shadows and darkness. His meticulous research is evident in intricate details of native dress and lodging. In places, though, he struggles with the paradox of illustrating the invisible--an eagle, tree, cloud and rainbow form the face of the Invisible Being in one disappointingly banal image. For the most part, however, the drama of these haunting illustrations--and of Martin's ( Foolish Rabbit's Big Mistake ) respectful retelling--produce an affecting work. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

Author : Rafe Martin

Publisher : G.p. Putnam's Sons Books For Young Readers

Published Year : 1992-04-29

Edition : 1

Format : Hardcover, 32 pages

ISBN : 0399218599

ISBN13 : 9780399218590

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