Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Rough-Face Girl


The Rough-Face Girl is an Algonquin Indian Cinderella with beautiful full page pictures. As a child I adored this story because I thought the Rough-Face girl was so pretty and I still enjoy it today. Apparently, this childrens story is based on the Algonquin tail but in a much shorter form.


Like the typical Cinderella there are two older sisters (not step sisters, however) who are cruel and mean. They mistreat their younger sister and are very proud of themselves. When they attempt to marry the Invisible Being they are refused and loose their pride. The Rough-Face girl decides she will marry the Invisible Being and attempts to dress as beautifully as her sisters had. But now that the sisters had taken all of the beautiful cloth and shells she is left to make her dress out of tree bark and scraps. However, when she is to meet the Invisible Being a certain level of magic and good fortune happens.

Simple and beautiful with great detail to the artwork I adore this story just as much as I had as a child. Instead of the typical Cinderella who is forced to clean this character is scared from her work with the fire. She isn't just covered in cinders, it's a part of her being. For Americans, this might be the truest form of the Cinderella tale. It came from the natives of this land and still exists today despite so many years of it being passed from person to person.

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