Martina una cucarachita muy linda: Un cuento Cubano (Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale)

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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 increíble, some shocking advice.

"You want me to do what?" Martina gasps.

At first, Martina is ...
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Overview

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 increíble, some shocking advice.

"You want me to do what?" Martina gasps.

At first, Martina is skeptical of her Abuela's unorthodox suggestion, but when suitor after suitor fails the Coffee Test, she wonders if a little green cockroach can ever find true love. Soon, only the gardener Pérez, a tiny brown mouse, is left. But what will happen when Martina offers him café cubano?

After reading this sweet and witty retelling of the Cuban folktale, you'll never look at a cockroach the same way again.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Maria E. Gentle
Martina Josefina Catalina Cucaracha is now twenty-one days old and must choose a husband. The beautiful Cuban cockroach must grant her "leg" in marriage. She gets presents and advice from her relatives. The best advice comes from her Abuela, her grandmother. What is her advice? "Spill coffee on your suitor's shoes." This, she claims, is foolproof advice. Martina does as told with Rooster, Pig and other animals. Does her Abuela's advice work? Who becomes her husband? Deedy has written a charming retelling of this old favorite traditional Cuban folklore, which I might add is also part of other cultures' folklore. The illustrations are gorgeous. The different perspectives in the double spread pages are a treat to be enjoyed, full of little details that put you right into the action. Use it at story time or any time. The Spanish is flawless. A highly recommended purchase for both schools and public libraries and for anyone who wants to sit down with a good book. Reviewer: Maria E. Gentle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561454259
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 957,531
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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