Synopses & Reviews
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 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?
"A strong, distinctive tale with art to match." --Kirkus Reviews
"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
From the Algonquin Indians comes an unusual and touching version of the Cinderella story. In their village lives an invisible being whom all the young women want to marry, because it is said that he is powerful and handsome. But only the rough-face girl, burned and scarred from tending the fires, has the vision to see him in every part of the natural world. Full-color illustrations.