In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, two domineering sisters set out to marry the "rich, powerful, and supposedly handsome" Invisible Being, first having to prove that they can see him. They cannot, but their mistreated younger sister the Rough-Face Girl--so called because the sparks from the fire have scarred her skin--can, for she sees his "sweet yet awesome face" all around her. He then appears to her, reveals her true hidden beauty and marries her. The author's research is evident in intricate details of native dress and lodging. The drama of these haunting illustrations-produce an affecting work. Ages 4-8.
Category:First Nations Subcategory:Parents and Educators Series:Early Childhood Education Author:Martin, Rafe