Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale: A Cuban Folktale (Prebound)

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Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale: A Cuban Folktale By Carmen Agra Deedy, Michael Austin Cover Image
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The lovely Martina Josefina Catalina Cucaracha is a cockroach of a fine, streetlamp-dwelling family in Old Havana. Having reached the age of 21 days, it's time to give her leg in marriage. But courtship for one so beautiful--or indeed for anyone--is a delicate matter. Martina has many suitors from a variety of species. (The froggy who went a' courting or the Owl and the Pussycat can't begin to compete with the diversity in this book.) How will she know whom to choose? If only there were a reliable test. 

Martina's grandmother knows best, teaching Martina what will really matter in matters of the heart, A
highly-caffeinated story full of wordplay from celebrated storyteller Deedy, Martina the Beautiful
Cockroach is a crowd-pleasing folktale at any time of year, but especially nice at Valentine's Day.

— Carol Muller


Martina the beautiful cockroach doesn't know coffee beans about love and marriage. That's where her Cuban family comes in. While some of the Cucarachas offer her gifts to make her more attractive, only Abuela, her grandmother, gives her something really useful: un consejo incre ble, some shocking advice.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780606356541
ISBN-10: 0606356541
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 2014
Pages: 32
Language: English