Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin

Synopsis: From Algonquin Indian folklore comes one of the most haunting, powerful versions of the Cinderella tale ever told. In a village by the shores of Lake Ontario lived an invisible being. All the young women wanted to marry him because he was rich, powerful, and supposedly very handsom. But to marry the invisible being the women had to prove to his sister that they had seen him. And none had been able to get past the sister's stern, all-knowing gaze. Then came the Rough-Face girl, scarred from working by the fire. Could she succeed where her beautiful, cruel sisters had failed? (from the online description)

Review: This is a lovely version of Cinderella. Coupled with the gorgeous pictures, the story is told in simple, eloquent prose. Rough Face's cruel sisters make her tend the fire. The sparks scorch her face and hands, and leave her hair burnt and ugly. When her haughty sisters fail to impress the sister of the Invisible Man with their prefect closes and beautiful faces, everyone laughs when Rough Face tries, in her homemade clothes and ugly looks. But it's a fairy tale - and everyone knows, it's the heart that matters.
I found this story delightful and enjoyable - perfect for the lover of Fairy Tales and Folklore, and an excellent addition to any child's library.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 978-0698116269
Date Finished: 8-4-2015
Pages: 32

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