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The Rough-Face Girl

Hardcover

From Algonquin Indian folklore comes a powerful, haunting rendition of Cinderella. 

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 handsome. 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?

Rafe Martin is an internationally known, award-winning author and storyteller. His books and tapes have received national and regional acclaim, including an ALA Notable Children’s Books distinction, Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, an Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award, and an Honor Book for the 1994 Texas Bluebonnet Award. His work as a storyteller has been cited by the Women’s National Book Association, which presented him with the Lucille Micheels Pannell Award for his “unique creativity and effectiveness in bringing children and books together.” Rafe Martin has a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Toronto. He and his wife, Rose, used to own and manage the Ox Cart Book Shop in Rochester, New York, where they live with their Siberian husky and two cats.

David Shannon was born in Washington, D.C, in 1959. He grew up in Spokane, WA. David liked to draw as soon as he could hold a crayon. David eventually graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he majored in Illustration. In He sold his pickup truck and moved to New York City in 1983 to start a career in editorial illustration. David’s work appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, as well as numerous book jackets and posters. In 1988 he illustrated his first children’s book, How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have?, by Julius Lester.After illustrating several books by other authors, David was encouraged to try writing his own stories. His first book was How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, which was named a New York Times Best-illustrated book in 1994. In 1999 the semi-autobiographical story, No, David!, received a Caldecott Honor. David has written and/ or illustrated over 35 books for children. He lives in Los Angeles with his Wife, Heidi and his daughter, Emma.

“A strong, distinctive tale with art to match.” –Kirkus Reviews (pointer review)

”A powerful retelling. . . . 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 of the text.” –Horn Book

”A splendid read-aloud.” –School Library Journal

”The drama of the haunting illustrations–and of Martin’s respectful retelling–produce and affecting work.” –Publishers Weekly”

Striking . . . This will make an impact on youngsters in folklore units, Native American studies, and story hour sessions.” –The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

An IRA Teacher’s Choice Book

A Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year

Winner of the Georgia Children’s Picture Storybook Award

Winner of Nebraska’s Golden Sower Award


Collections: All, Cinderella stories




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