Robert San Souci

As a boy Robert D. San Souci was relatively shy; he found that writing was a way to express himself. Now San Souci is the author of numerous books, including award-winning children's books and adult fantasy novels.

San Souci was born in San Francisco and raised across the bay in Berkeley. Reading and writing have always been a part of his life his earliest memories are ones of being read to. "My father had some wonderful books from when he was a child," he recalls. "The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite stories."

In the second grade San Souci was the class reporter for his school newspaper. Around the same time, he wrote his first book, which his brother Daniel, now an award-winning artist/illustrator. The brothers paired up again years later. Robert says, "I was working in bookstores at the time, writing reviews and some science fiction stories. Meanwhile, Dan was winning awards doing watercolors for local shows. We got together and decided to do a children's book."

Many of Robert's ideas for his books come from reading and researching in the library. His own personal library contains several thousand volumes. He also finds inspiration by traveling and keeping his eyes open. "I love to travel by bus. I can sit and stare out the window and simply observe." And sometimes he just wanders around and listens to people talking. "I love to listen for the flow and rhythm of the language that different people use."

Because San Souci has always loved folklore, he now mines the wealth of oral tradition from around the world and brings it to life in dramatic stories for children.

Sootface, An Ojibway Cinderella
Robert San Souci
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

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.


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