Monday, February 11, 2008

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale, retold by Carmen Agra Deedy

Carmen, a beautiful green cockroach is ready to "give her leg in marriage" and her Cuban grandmother gives her some good advice. She should spill coffee on the shoes of her suitor; his reaction will give her clues to what sort of husband he will be. The tactic reveals the true character of the rooster, the pig, and the hungry lizard who come to court her. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout and the author's storytelling style make the book a delightful choice for read aloud.

Grades 2-5


Brucie said...

Second. This wonderful Cuban folktale is told with warm humor and just the right voice. Its message is universal.

Karen Gavigan said...

I like the fact that this delightful tale is also available in a Spanish edition, Martina Una Cucarachita Muy Linda.
FYI - Deedy is coming to UNCG on Monday, Sept. 15 - details to follow.