Back of Book:
Martina the beautiful cockroach doesn’t know coffee beans about love and marriage. That’s 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 increíble, some shocking advice.
“You want me to do what?” Martina gasps.
At first, Martina is skeptical of her Abuela’s unorthodox suggestion, but when suitor after suitor fails the Coffee Test, she wonders if a little green cockroach can ever find true love.
Folk Tales can be excellent teaching tools in classrooms. They not only discuss tradition and culture, they also teach children morals. I love the story of Martina because it teaches readers to look beyond original appearance’s. I think that the idea that people should really know their mates before they marry them. It is an interesting and important concept that children should learn. I can see this book being used beautifully in middle school as an example of fables in other countries. I would definitely recommend this story.
Ages 6 and up