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Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale (original: 2009; edição: 2014)

de Carmen Agra Deedy (Autor), Michael Austin (Ilustrador)

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In this humorous retelling of a Cuban folktale, a cockroach interviews her suitors in order to decide whom to marry.
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Título:Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale
Autores:Carmen Agra Deedy (Autor)
Outros autores:Michael Austin (Ilustrador)
Informação:Peachtree Publishers (2014), Edition: Reprint, 32 pages
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Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:#Folktale #Cuban #Culture #Multicultural #Diversity

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Genre: Traditional Literature[return]Reading level: grades 2-4[return]Summary: [return]Martina, the most beautiful cockroach, is 21 days old and it is time for her to get married. Suitors come from all around the area to ask for her hand in marriage. Her family gives her several gifts but the most compelling gift that she receives is from her grandmother. Her grandmother gives her a secret to finding her true love. So each suitor that asks Martina for marriage gets coffee spilled on their shoes and Martina was instructed to pay attention to their reactions. They all react badly to the incident but one, who instead spills the coffee on her shoes. He was her true love, but the kicker is his grandmother is Cuban too! [return]Commentary:[return]This book is such a fun read! While it has a Cuban folk tale about a cockroach, it actually is informational because of the descriptions that it gives of Martina. It’s a fun twist that the students will enjoy but can still learn something from.[return]Reader Response:[return]Students will pick any insect that they would like and turn that insect into a character for a book. Martina was a beautiful cockroach that got married when she was 21 days old and had 3 sets of legs. The student would use Martina as example and learn about a certain insect of their picking, draw it, then write a short narrative about it.
  kristi_test_01 | Sep 12, 2019 |
Martina is a beautiful cockroach who was preparing to find a husband. Her grandmother begins to give her advice that will eventually help her find the right suitor. Martina's grandmother informs her of an old Cuban tradition that will show the true character of her husband to be. Martina goes through countless suitors, before she finally comes face to face with her last choice a brown mouse. Martina discovers that his past is similar to hers, and they are able to connect from there. The illustrations are worth noticing as they give off an authentic Cuban art style. This is a great book for younger students to learn about other diverse cultures that carry out other customs, and traditions that we do not see in the U.S! This would be a great read-aloud to use in the classroom for cultural diversity. ( )
  Stephanie_Reyes | Feb 16, 2019 |
I loved this book! I thought it was so sweet. Martina the cockroach was able to find herself a suitable husband with the guidance and wisdom of her abuelita. I thought it was such a clever way to use the coffee spill as a way to find out the guys true character. I also really enjoyed that Cuban culture was portrayed throughout the book as well as using Spanish throughout the book along with English. I think it gave it a really nice touch. I read this story to my nephew and he was laughing all the way through. I would most definitely recommend, it was a very fun read. ( )
  rabertucci | Nov 20, 2018 |
I loved the global picture book “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach”; the story is about a twenty-one day old cockroach who lives with her family in a street lamp in Havana, Cuba. This cockroach is named Martina Josefina Catalina Cucharacha and she is set to find the man she is going to marry; her grandmother gives her a piece of advice for finding the right suitor—if she is approached by someone asking for her hand in marriage, she should spill coffee on his shoes. When Martina spills the coffee on them, the men will react and show Martina how they will respond to her mistakes in their marriage—if he loses his temper over a little coffee, he will surely lose his temper over the more serious trials and tribulations of marriage. Creatures from all over the city come to propose to Martina and when she spills the coffee, they each lash out and retract their offers; eventually, Perez, the kind little mouse responds with love and affection and they live happily ever after. I love this Cuban folktale because the plot and purpose of the story are so simple and yet effective. Young readers can learn from the message of giving those around you the opportunity to show their true colors; Martina is given gifts to make her more appealing to her suitors but what her abuela has to offer her is the best and most valuable. The author’s decision to make the characters different animals, from a rooster, to a pig, a lizard and a mouse is significant because it presents an intercultural and interracial relationship interpretation that is perfect for early readers. The characters and illustrations enhance the beauty of the story and the authentic Cuban feel. The big idea of the movie is respect for your elders and your culture, as well as the belief that we, as individuals, are perfect the way that we are and do not need to put up a front to win the hearts of others—the right people will like you for who you are. ( )
  mkende1 | Nov 6, 2018 |
Martina the beautiful cockroach was ready to find a husband. She receives advice from her Abuela (grandmother) about finding the perfect husband by spilling coffee on his shoes. That way Martina can see how he will react once he is angry. The roaster was the first to greet her, she quickly followed her grandmothers advise and spilled the coffee. He quickly got angry and this allowed Martina to see his true feelings. Martina repeats this test with a pig, a lizard, and a brown mouse. The brown mouse was the keeper, because he was actually the one to spill coffee onto her foot. He himself had a cuban grandmother just like Martina. Therefore, they shared the same tradition and values. This is a good book for young children to learn about other traditions from different cultures. Everyones culture has unique aspects to it and this book is great for teaching that to young children. ( )
  Salma.Mart | Sep 17, 2018 |
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In memory of Abuela Graciela and Abuela Ofelia. Thanks to my family, of course: Papi and Mami; Katie, Erin, and Lauren; Tersi, Ben, and Jordan. And a special note of thanks to the children of Holy Innocents' School and Davis Academy. -- C.A.D.
For Dad and Elisa -- M.A.
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Martina Josefina Catalina Cucaracha was a beautiful cockroach.
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