Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale (Paperback)

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By Carmen Agra Deedy, Michael Austin (Illustrator)
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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

The beautiful Martina Josefina Catalina Cucaracha doesn't know coffee beans about love and marriage, so when suitors come calling, what is she to do? Luckily, she has her Cuban family to help

While some of the Cucarachas offer Martina gifts to make her more attractive, only Abuela, her grandmother, gives her some useful advice: spill coffee on his shoes to see how he handles anger. At first, Martina is skeptical of her Abuela's suggestion, but when suitor after suitor fails the Coffee Test, she wonders if a little green cockroach can ever find true love.

After reading this award-winning retelling of the Cuban folktale, readers will never look at a cockroach the same way again. Also available in Spanish and in audio (read by the author), Carmen Agra Deedy delivers a delightfully inventive Cuban twist on the beloved Martina folktale, complete with a dash of caf Cubano.

Teacher's Guide available

Pura Belpre Medal (Honor Book) - American Library Association

Odyssey Award (Honor) - American Library Association

p>Best Children's Books of the Year - Bank Street College of Education
Product Details
ISBN: 9781561457878
ISBN-10: 1561457876
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication Date: March 1st, 2014
Pages: 32
Language: English