THE ROUGH-FACE GIRL
Illustrated by David Shannon
G. P. Putnam, 1992 Also available in paperback
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An award-winning recreation of a classic Native American (Algonquin) Indian Cinderella, this is a mysterious, magical, powerful book. Many of Rafe’s readers call it their favorite of his books, and it has won much recognition in the world of children’s literature. It is the Cinderella we all know, but bears no resemblance to the Disney version.
“There are many versions of the Cinderella story, but none is more eloquent or affecting—or more strikingly illustrated.”
“... a welcome rediscovery of an American Indian Cinderella variant whose heroine is both a religious mystic and a seeker after true love.” —Newsweek
“Simply in the words of an oral storyteller, Martin retells an Algonquin folktale... Shannon’s finely crafted ... paintings ... embody the full flavor of the story.... this is a splendid read-aloud.” —School Library Journal
“[This] Cinderella story ... from Algonquin Indian folklore....is bound to startle any Disney-raised child.... there’s a mysticism and depth to this version that take it to a plane far beyond Disney.”
“The Rough-Face Girl is a wonder.” —Nancy Willard, Newberry Award-Winner
“In this powerful retelling of a Native-American Cinderella story, the Rough-Face Girl, the youngest of three daughters, is so named because years of tending the fire have scarred her face and arms. She earns the love of and the right to marry the powerful Invisible Being by seeing him in the beauty of the earth around her. The text contains the cadences and rhythms of oral language, and the illustrations, dark and vivid, use earth tones and shadows to convey the drama. A well-told tale in a handsome format.” —The Horn Book
1995 Virginia State Reading Association Young Readers Award
Golden Sower Award, 1994
1994-5 Georgia Children’s Picture Storybook Award
IRA Teacher’s Choice Award, 1993
Child Study Children’s Book Committee “Children’s Book of the Year 1993”
1993 Association of Booksellers for Children Booksellers’ Choice Award
Pick of the Lists, American Bookseller
1993-94 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master Reading List
Utah 1995 Children’s Picture Book Award Nominee
Children’s Book Award Nominee, North Carolina Library Association
praise & reviews . . .
“Martin’s retelling is spare but never dry; the two sisters are richly comic figures, the climax and ending uncontrived yet magically romantic. . . . A strong distinctive tale with art to match.” —Kirkus Reviews, Pointer Review
“This is a story for those of us who have anguished over the invasion of Walt Disney into Native America....This [is a] story of mystery, true hearts, and love. You and yours will enjoy it.” —Winona La Duke, Indigenous Woman Magazine
Pennsylvania Children’s Book Award Nominee
Flickertail Book Award Nominee
USA TODAY ’s “Best Children’s Books for Summer Reading”
Newsweek’s “Best Children’s Books of 1992”
ABC-Radio’s “Mrs. Bush’s Thanksgiving Storytime Special”
PBS-TV series STORYTIME
“Martin’s interpretations linger long in the mind.” —Booklist
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