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Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

on September 1, 2013

398.2 Deedy    •    Folktale

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When the time comes for the beautiful Martina to find a husband her grandmother gives her some wise advice.  Her grandmother tells her that she must spill coffee on each of her suitors in order to determine their true character.  Martina is hesitant, but she obeys.  Her first three suitors all quickly show there true colors when she spills the coffee on them.   Martina is glad to be rid of them.  Her grandmother then introduces her to a fourth suitor, a shy mouse.  Martina likes him right away, but her grandmother insists that she pour coffee on him too.  Will she drive this new suitor away too?

The illustrations in this picture book are  stunning.  The artist has used dramatic color schemes and unusual perspective to create uniquely beautiful compositions.  These images provide the backdrop for the retelling of this traditional Cuban folktale about wisdom, family, and love.  Readers will enjoy the unexpected twists, beautiful pictures and rhymes in this award winning picture book.  This is a book that just begs to be read aloud!

Interest Level: grades K-4  •  Lexile: AD720L  •  AR: 3.1

2011 California Young Reader Medal

Deedy, C. A. (2007)  Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale.  (Michael Austin, Illustrator).  Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.

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One response to “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

  1. Sofia says:

    It’s so cute

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