The Rough-Face Girl - by Rafe Martin, David Shannon (Illustrator)
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 beautiful but spoiled daughters of a poor village man try their best to be chosen, but it is their Rough-Face-Girl sister, scarred on her face and arms from tending fires, who sees the Invisible Being in the wonder of the natural world.
The dramatic illustrations reflect the vibrant earth colors of the native landscape and the wisdom and sensitivity of the protagonist.
This was the first book that I can remember from kindergarten. Something about seeing the rough face just always stuck with me. I just had to have a copy. I recently bought this on https://www.discoverbooks.com/. If you have never used this site before, it is amazing for buying cheap used books. This book just always stuck in my mind. I love the story, the illustrations are amazing. I was excited to finally read it to my son and he seemed to enjoy it as much as I did when I was a kid. If you’re looking for an old classic, this one is perfect.
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