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.

10 thoughts on “Sootface

  1. Ronyell Ronyell says:

    Sootface An Ojibwa Cinderella Story is a brilliant Native American version of Cinderella retold by Robert D San Souci along with beautiful illustrations by Daniel San Souci In this version, a young girl named Sootface is mistreated by her two older sisters, but when a mighty warrior wanted to marry a woman who can see him when he is invisible, Sootface realizes that true beauty lies within Sootface An Ojibwa Cinderella Story is a beautiful retelling of one of the most beloved fairy tales ever created and will be an instant treat for children.Robert D San Souci has done a terrific job at retelling this old Native American tale as he makes the story both dramatic and tender at the same time The audience can easily feel sympathy for Sootface as she has to endure hardship from her sisters and the village because of her appearance, however Sootface teaches children about the importance of having a kind heart as Sootface tries to overcome the cruelness of her sisters to have her dreams come true Daniel San Souci s illustrations are just simply beautiful and amazing as it truly captures the true spirit of the Native American culture as the characters wear colorful skin robes to define their personalities The image that stood out the most was the image of Sootface herself as she definitely does look dirty since her hair is frizzy and her clothes are worn and torn since she has to do all the work at her home However, Sootface still have an extremely beautiful face which strongly proves the book s point in how true beauty lies within.Parents should know that Sootface s sisters are cruel towards her to the point where they smear ashes on Sootface s face without a second thought Parents should tell their children who have brothers and sisters that it is not right to mistreat your sibling and that you should always treat your siblings with respect Sootface An Ojibwa Cinderella Story is a beautiful retelling of Cinderella that many children who are interested in Native American folktales will enjoy for many years I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since there are some terms in this book that younger children would have problems with.Review is also on Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  2. Sue Sue says:

    SynopsisSootface is the third daughter of an Ojibwa widower Her two older sisters treat Sootface very badly, forcing her to cook, clean, and do all of their chores while they take credit One day the sister of the Invisible warrior told the villagers that her brother was ready to take a wife but would only marry the first girl who could tell her what his bow and bowstring was made of Slowly each of the village girls don their finest gowns and make the trip to the warrior s house only to be turned away One day Sootface s two sisters decide to make the trip but are each rejected after offering the incorrect answer Lonely and hopeful that she might find a husband and escape her sister s Sootface decides to try her luck and see if she could answer the hunter s question After being told she could not borrow a clean dress or have any help getting ready to visit the hunter, Sootface crafts herself a dress of white birch bark and weaves a garland of flowers in her hair Sootface then visits the hunter s house and wins a husband, leaving her sisters to bemoan her luck and the village to know her true worth and beauty ReviewI enjoyed the book The illustrations by Daniel San Souci are very detailed and take pains to represent the Ojibwa people in a non biased or racially incorrect manner i.e wrong clothing The print might be a bit hard for young readers to master, as it s rather small and condensed closely together on sharp white backgrounds Or I might be getting old.

  3. Jaclyn Giordano Jaclyn Giordano says:

    Sootface An Ojibwa Cinderella Story, retold by Robert D San Souci, is a picture book intended for readers in preschool through grade three I gave it five stars In this story, Sootface is made to do the chores and all of the work of her two older sisters Sootface, however, is rewarded for her kind heart with the love of a powerful and mighty warrior who is invisible until his true love sees him Sootface wins his love after many have tried, lied, and failed because only she can pass his marriage test to truly see the warrior and tell what his magic bow is made of The illustrations in this text are colorful and full of natural elements They represent and give brilliant color to many Native American objects and ideas the rainbow, canoes, moccasins, birch trees, and traditional headdresses and clothing This text teaches readers of all ages that love may try to come in many dishonest ways, but only true love comes honestly and can see and do things that others cannot The beautiful integration of text and illustration gives this book a glimpse into the Native American traditions, culture, and way of life.

  4. Charles Martin Charles Martin says:

    My favorite part of this book is that Sootface doesn t require magic to pull herself together to find a man Instead, it is her own ingenuity and pure heart that help her attain him This distinction is something I would focus upon with students I would then introduce symbolism throughout the book For example, the mighty warrior s bow of rainbow and white fire represents his a openness, acceptance, and strength I would have each student create his or her own special bows representing the qualities that distinguish them.

  5. Mary Catelli Mary Catelli says:

    Retelling of a fairy tale not very like Cinderella there being a lot of tales where the heroine is treated badly by her family in the opening , where the heroine has to pass a test of ability before she wins to her happy ending A well done treatment.

  6. Meggie Donovan Meggie Donovan says:

    This book is an Ojibwa Cinderella story It tells the story of a man whose wife has died and he raised three daughters alone The two older girls are lazy and bad tempered, and make their youngest sister do all the work When the flames from the cooking fire singe her hair or burn her skin, they laugh and call her Sootface Sootface dreams of the day she will marry and be able to leave her life behind Eventually a mighty warrior with the power to make himself invisible decides to marry Only a woman with a kind and honest heart will be able to see him, and be his bride Even though her sisters ridicule her, Sootface sets off to try her luck, never looking back As a child I loved the story but now as a grown woman I see some pretty big problems with it While I love the idea of an indigenous version of Cinderella I guess I take issue with the whole idea of Cinderella to begin with a story that teaches children that the best thing is life is getting married and finding a spouse There are so many worthwhile pursuits Part of me wishes Sootface set out to become a mighty warrior herself rather than to marry one.

  7. Marquise Marquise says:

    Not bad, but it s basically just the same exact Native American Cinderella folktale as in Rafe Martin s The Rough Face Girl with practically no changes at all However, I d say Martin s retelling is much better both because of the author s style benefitting the storytelling, adding some touches that make it better, and because the artwork is much gorgeous than in this one, wheree it s rather dull.

  8. Eden Eden says:

    Sootface is a Native American version of Cinderella It is about a young girl named Sootface, who is treated terribly by her two older sisters But a hunter, who no one has ever seen, tells his sister to go to the town and tell the people that the first woman to see him will be the one he takes as his wife.Many woman try, including Sootface s two older sisters, but all fail to see the invisible hunter Except for Sootface, she is the only one able to see the hunter and so she becomes his wife.This is a wonderful retelling of a classic tale and a nice story, with a happy ending.

  9. Julia Julia says:

    A beautiful Cinderella rendition that is told as an Ojibwa tale with matching colorful pictures For those who haven t explored the world of Cinderella the story can be refreshing as it is simple and different But for those who like the similarities this one will be found lacking in the famous story elements I can t wait to compare it with The Rough Faced Girl.

  10. RLL22018_ Delashay RLL22018_ Delashay says:

    Sootface An Ojibwa Cinderella Story tells the folk tale in a supernatural account An invisible warrior searched for a wife, she would have to be kind hearten to see him Dawn Light who was once called sootface, after the smoke and ash that covered her was the perfect match.Sootface is not just another rendition of a father blindness to the abuse of a daughter, but a story of discovering your true self As the author dresses Sootface in the naturalism of the forest, the illustrator captures each moment The water colored pastels created the traditional look the indigenous people of the Ojibwa tribe was known for.I would recommend this book for children grades 3rd 8th Because the wording and picture has a mature feel, I think this grade level will appreciate the story There are so many adaptations of Cinderella As a book study, I would have the children to compare and contrast the different versions.