Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

Written by Carmen Agra Deedy

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.

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Age Range 5 - 9 years
Genre
Copyright Year
Page Count
32
Publisher
Turtleback
Grade Level K - 4th
ISBN
9780606356541
Lexile AD610L
Themes