Martina the Beautiful Cockroach

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach

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ISBN-13: 9781561457878
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 117,775
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Carmen Agra Deedy, a New York Times bestselling author, has been writing and traveling around the world telling stories for more than twenty years. Her books have received numerous awards and honors. Carmen has performed in many prestigious venues, but children are her favorite audience. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States as a refugee and like most immigrants sees the world from multiple perspectives. She lives in Georgia.

Michael Austin is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, a creative director, and the illustrator of several books. He lives in Georgia.

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Martina the Beautiful Cockroach 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
BSUTeacherinTraining 9 months ago
I absolutely loved this retelling! My introduction to it was with becoming a director of a Reader’s Theater play put on by 7 third graders. We read through the story and as a Spanish speaker I was so enthralled that the vocabulary was so seamlessly intertwined within the novel’s content and plot. The illustrations, coupled with the fact that she chose a man who understood her culture and inner beauty rather than outer, made the mom in me smile. I loved being able to teach an adorable story and combine it with learning more about Cuba’s culture as the students and I took a picture walk through Deedy’s fantastic retelling. My favorite part was that the consistent repetition of their proposal was easy and fun for the students to learn, especially when they learned it well enough to read it quickly. That made our play that much more fun and engaging, along with helping them with the pronunciation of the other Spanish words in the play. Overall, my only complaint was that the only member of the family we physically see supporting Miss Martina was her grandmother, and that there is no special take at the end on the overall theme/moral of the story. When asked, the third graders came up with simple theme statements like “Old people are wise.” “Looks don’t matter.” and “Its important to listen to your parents.” I think having what Carmen thinks the theme of the story is at the end would help children to view it in a new light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love this book.  I read it with my daughter who is four.  We love the hints of foreign language and illustrations....also a great concept for little girls to learn about how a prospective suitor should treat them! :)  A book for every young girl! .
ACRain More than 1 year ago
A delightful and sweet tell that gives children readers a different view of personality types and adds a hint of foreign language awareness. The story mixes Cuban words in with the story and a song to draw young readers in and get them involved with the story. The story shows children the rewards of strong character and a good heart. While there is a romance aspect near the end of the story it is not too mushy or sappy which will still keep young male readers interested. The artwork featured in the picture book was also amazing with the use of line, color, and style the book is given an exotic painting like quality. The Characters seem to come to life as there personality is captured in the artist’s paintings. This is a fun read and I would recommend reading it along with the child reader.
calebe More than 1 year ago
I liked the book because it was funny. Also, because it was what I would really imagine it would be. It has to do with coffee and I like coffee. It was interesting.
BM25 More than 1 year ago
The book Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Michael Austin is a wonderful book for younger kids or anyone who enjoys good children's literature. This book has received the Pura Belpre Award and would fall under Modern Fantasy genre. The story is just amazing, cute, funny and interesting the pictures are wonderful and the script is very child friendly. Martina Josefina Catalina Cucaracha has just turned 21 and is now ready to be married. There are many potential candidates that Martina must meet and deal with before she is enchanted and head over heals for a particular someone. Along the way Martina meets Don Gallo, Don Cerdo, Don Lagarto and a tiny brown mouse. Her abuela her Cuban grandmother; a wise lady gives Martina the key to success for choosing the best potential husband. Martina then follows her abuelas instructions and advice and sticks to the plan till she meets chosen one.
mn69 More than 1 year ago
As a kid in Puerto Rico my favorite story was "La Cucarachita Martina". I was amazed when my husband gave it to me to put on our daughter's Easter Basket. It is wonderful to see how that story is transformed in this book. The pictures are very colorful and beautiful with touches of those old memories as the "Maja" powder and the "Bohemia" magazine I remember my Grandma using and reading. The story is well written with a nice message not only for kids but for adults trying to find their right partner. My 5 years old daughter loves it and it gave me the opportunity to bond with her by enjoying the same story but also sharing some of my Grandmother's memories. I highly recommend this book to everybody!
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Ariot2bme More than 1 year ago
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach is an imaginative retelling of the classic Cuban folktale La Cucaracha Martina. In this version, Martina's abuela advises her of a surefire method to choose the best husband. Eventually, the coffee test reveals the suiter with the best personality. I think it is safe to say, cockroaches are some of the most reviled creatures on Earth. Yet, the combination of Carmen Deedy's captivating words and Michael Austin's dazzling illustrations, made me forget about stomping or squashing a cockroach. This is definitely a book I plan to include in my "folktale" study.
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