Friday, January 7, 2011

The Rough-Face Girl

Written by: Rafe Martin

First line: Once, long ago, there was a village by the shores of Lake Ontario

Why you should read this book: Part of a longer story cycle, this tale, billed as an Algonquin Cinderella, tells of three sisters who wish to marry the Invisible Being, but must first pass the Being's sister's test: Only the one who can see him can marry him. Mistreated by her older sisters, the Rough-Face Girl has had her hair and complexion ruined by years of hard work, but her isolation gives her space to contemplate the world and know the true face of the Invisible Being, providing an edge over her well-dressed, smooth-skinned sisters. Rich, textured, detailed illustrations by David Shannon bring this story to life.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're teaching your children to point at ugly people and call out their shortcomings.

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