Sootface: An Ojibwa Cinderella Story

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Once, an Ojibwa man whose wife had died raised three daughters alone. The two older girls were lazy and bad-tempered, and made their youngest sister do all the work. When the flames from the cooking fire singed her hair or burned her skin, they laughed and called her Sootface.

While she worked, Sootface dreamed that one day she would find a husband. Then a mighty warrior with the power to make himself invisible decides to marry. Only a woman ...

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Overview

Once, an Ojibwa man whose wife had died raised three daughters alone. The two older girls were lazy and bad-tempered, and made their youngest sister do all the work. When the flames from the cooking fire singed her hair or burned her skin, they laughed and called her Sootface.

While she worked, Sootface dreamed that one day she would find a husband. Then a mighty warrior with the power to make himself invisible decides to marry. Only a woman with a kind and honest heart could see him, and be his bride.

Though her sisters ridicule her, Sootface sets off to try her luck, never looking back. Her courage and good nature bring her the husband she has longed for.

Although she is mocked and mistreated by her two older sisters, an Indian maiden wins a mighty invisible warrior for her husband with her kind and honest heart.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
One of the strongest retelling voices in America, Robert San Souci recounts Sootface: An Objibwa Cinderella Story. Mistreated by her sisters, burned and singed by the cook fire, Sootface dreams of a better life. Dreaming gives her true vision to see and marry the invisible warrior whom every woman desires.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Sootface's mother is dead, her sisters beat her, and her father doesn't intervene. Her face is always smeared with soot, and her hair is horribly singed from the cookfire. In spite of all this, she remains resilient-she knows that one day she will escape her circumstances. A mighty warrior who has the power to make himself invisible decides to marry the woman who is kind enough of heart to see him. Several attractive maidens, including Sootface's sisters, try and fail. Now, Sootface is resourceful-no fairy personage shows up to magically bestow finery upon her or to fix up her hair. She prepares herself the best she can and goes off to meet him. She exclaims on the beauty of his bow-it's made of a rainbow and strung with stardust. He materializes, renames her Dawn-Light, and they are betrothed. The retelling is lively, flows well, and brings out the harshness of the heroine's situation, and yet it is not without humorous touches. The full-page watercolors dramatically convey the natural woodland setting, the jeers of Sootface's sisters and fellow villagers, and the serenity and kindness of the warrior and his sister. Sootface's dazed expression remains rather similar throughout-until the end, when she is transformed by love into a beautiful girl. Altogether a refreshing and rewarding ``Cinderella'' variant.-Vanessa Elder, School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440413639
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 239,133
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.15 (w) x 8.31 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2001

    Sootface, an Unusual Indian Cinderella

    Sootface is about an Indian girl named by her sister's.Sootface's sisters make her do all the work.She's scared my ashes on her face.One day her dad went on a hunting trip and her two sisters treated her poor.Her father came back and asked, 'What Happeneded'?and her sisters lied.In their village is a man who has the power to be invisable.He lives with his sister. One day he says,'Who ever can see me will be my wife'.Lots of girls tried to see him but all failed.Then Sootface's sisters go one at a time and both fail,so the next day Sootface wants to and asked her sisters for clothes.They say no.Then she goes in her old clothes.The invisable man's sister ask her, 'What does my brother look like'?Find out what happeneds in this story my reading 'Sootface'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2001

    Sootface, a Girl Who Never Gave Up

    Sootface is a girl who is bossed around by her two older sisters and has to do all of their work. Meanwhile girls from all over are trying to become the invisible man's wife. Her older sisters try ,but they fail the test the invisible man's sister gives them .Now it is Sootface's turn.Will she marry the invisible man? Read to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2001

    Sootface-A Girl who has a happy Life

    Sootface is about a girl who has two sisters that are mean to her.They make her do all the chores while their dad goes to hunt food.Her cloths are like rags and her face is covered with soot from the fire.Then she heard that all the women have to go and see the invisible hunter.When she goes through the village everyone started to laugh at her.Then she ran all the way to the teepee of the invisible hunter.To see what happens read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2001

    A Remarkable Indian Cinderella

    This book is about a girl who has to live with two sisters that make her do all the work. There is a sister of a invisible hunter and the invisible hunter makes a challenge that if any body can see him they will be able to marry him. All the ladies try but all fail. Then Sootface is going to try the challenge. You have to read the book to find out what happens next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2001

    A Girl Who Proves Her Sister's Wrong.

    Sootface is about a young girl who is treated badly by her older sisters. Her sisters call her names and make her do all the chores and they even call her Sootface. One day the sisters seemed so happy because the handsome Indian's sister said whoever can see my brother and tell what his bow and arrow is made of will marry him. Everyone in the village tried to answer the questions, including the two mean sisters.Then it was Sootface's turn to try. If you want to hear the end of this story check out this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2001

    An Unbeliveable Story of Tremoundus Courage

    This is a wonderful story of determination and being strong. It's about a beautiful girl that lets her evil sisters make her ugly, and in the end both Sootface and her sisters get what they deserve. This is an old Ojibwa Cinderella story that has magic, excitement, and a tremoundus amount of courage. Good for the whole family to share.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2000

    Universal Cinderella story with extraordinary details

    My 5 year old daughter and I selected this book because we love Cinderella-themed stories. This book was especially wonderful because the details weren't as easily anticipated as the traditional Cinderella stories. At the end of this book the author explained some of the Native American customs that were mentioned in throughout the story. We had an excellent time learning about another culture while enjoying our favorite fairytale.

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