9781561454259

Martina una cucarachita muy linda / Martina the Beautiful Cockroach

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  • ISBN13:

    9781561454259

  • ISBN10:

    1561454257

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-09-01
  • Publisher: Peachtree Pub Ltd
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Summary

Martina the beautiful cockroach doesnt know coffee beans about love and marriage. Thats where her Cuban family comes in. While some of the Cucarachas offer her gifts to make her more attractive, only Abuela, her grandmother, gives her something really useful: un consejo increible, some shocking advice. You want me to do what? Martina gasps. At first, Martina is skeptical of her Abuelas unorthodox suggestion, but when suitor after suitor fails The Coffee Test, she wonders if a little green cockroach can ever find true love. Soon, only the gardener Prez, a tiny brown mouse, is left. But what will happen when Martina offers him caf Cubano? After reading this sweet and witty retelling of the Cuban folktale, youll never look at a cockroach the same way again.

Author Biography

CARMEN AGRA DEEDY is an award-winning storyteller and the author of numerous bestselling books for children. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1960, she emigrated from her homeland during the Cuban Revolution, a move that has profoundly affected her life and her work. Carmen and her family found sanctuary in the United States under the JFK Cuban Refugee Act of 1963. They settled in Decatur, Georgia, where they coped with the separation from loved ones still in Cuba and slowly acclimated to cultural differences. The Agra family ultimately succeeded in starting over and rebuilding their lives. While Deedy's storytelling reflects these themes of separation and deprivation, she is better known for her razor-sharp wit and light, entertaining style. Also essential to Deedy's experience are her strong sense of perseverance and her dual heritage, drawn from growing up steeped in the riches of both Latin American and Southern culture.

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