The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin. Illustrated by David Shannon.
Only a woman who can see the great, rich, powerful, handsome, and Invisible Being can marry him.
A poor man has three daughters, the youngest of which is scarred from being forced to constantly tend the fire.
The haughty, hardhearted two older girls decide to dress themselves up and attract the attention of the invisible being. They force their poor father to give them rich jewels and clothing. They lie to the Invisible Being’s sister about being able to see him but she uncovers their deception.
When the third daughter asks for pretty clothes and jewelry, her father has none to give. The third daughter uses her skills and creativity to make her ragged clothes as attractive as possible but the villagers laughed at her attempt. She is able to answer the Invisible Being’s sister’s questions correctly. The third daughter sees the Invisible Being in all the beauties of nature. He chooses to marry her and when she bathes in the lake, all her scars are healed.
The full-page, realistic paintings in this book are phenomenal.
I think it is important to include First Nations stories in our children’s experiences as much as possible.
The messages are important. This book is sure to stimulate interesting discussion.
Sootface: An Ojibwa Cinderella Story by Robert D. San Souci. Illustrated by Daniel San Souci.
This is an excellent version of the book, The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin. The illustrations in this book are equally beautiful.