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The Rough-Face Girl Comparison

Happy Monday Everyone!

So, today I start a new position at work, and I am a little nervous, so good vibes will be welcomed! As I was perusing the web for blog post ideas, I came across one where you read a book you read as a kid, and compare it to reading it as an adult. This sounded really interesting so, I went back and read one of my favorite books as a kid, The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin and David Shannon.

The book description comes from the Goodreads website:

“This moving adaptation of the classic children’s story Cinderella tells how a disfigured Algonquin girl wins the heart of a mysterious being who lives by the lake near her village.

The powerful Invisible Being is looking for a wife, and all the girls in the village vie for his affections. But only the girl who proves she can see him will be his bride. The two beautiful but spoiled daughters of a poor village man try their best to be chosen, but it is their Rough-Face-Girl sister, scarred on her face and arms from tending fires, who sees the Invisible Being in the wonder of the natural world.

The dramatic illustrations reflect the vibrant earth colors of the native landscape and the wisdom and sensitivity of the protagonist.”

When I went back and read this book as an adult, I remembered some parts but found that I remembered the events out of order. When I was a kid I remember picking this book up at one of the Scholastic Book Fairs that my school did. I remember I picked it up because it was a fairytale retelling, and I loved those back then, still do actually. I remember being fascinated with the images and the story, however I feel like reading it again as an adult, I got a lot more out of the story. I connected with the characters more, and I also discovered my love of this book again.

This book to me needs to become a classic, and I think that it needs to be read to students in school. This book teaches you a valuable lesson of getting to know someone and not judging them by their looks, which I feel could be a very good lesson in this day and age. I highly suggest that you re-read a book that you read as a kid, because you may discover a love for the book again or you may find that you get more out of the story as an adult then you did as a kid.

Happy Reading my fellow Book Worms!

The Rough-Face Girl


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