Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale (Compact Disc)

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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


Thanks to award-winning author and storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy, you'll never look at a cockroach the same way again.

"Lively and funny...this telling has magic all its own." ―Kirkus Reviews

"Spirited." ―Publishers Weekly

"Masterful." ―Booklist

Carmen Agra Deedy's sweet and witty retelling of this Cuban folktale will ensure you'll never look at a cockroach the same way again. Each compact disc includes Carmen's storytelling performance and her narrations in English and Spanish, with the sounds of musical instruments as page-turn prompts.

Book Details: Format: Audio Book Publication Date: 9/1/2008 Reading Level: Age 6 and Up

Teacher's Guide available

Pura Belpre Medal (Honor Book) - American Library Association

Odyssey Award (Honor) - American Library Association

Best Children's Books of the Year - Bank Street College of Education

Product Details
ISBN: 9781561454679
ISBN-10: 1561454672
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication Date: September 1st, 2007
Pages: 1
Language: English