Martina the Beautiful Cockroach

In this beautifully illustrated Cuban story, we have Marina the Cockroach who with the helpful advice of her Abuela, interviews many potential husbands. Who will Martina end up  with?

Visual Element: Color. Throughout the whole story, the use of color is used to symbolize what the characters personality. For example, the rooster is shown to be red and hot tempered. As the day goes by, we Martina settle for a much cooler color. The color in the story is very vivid and lively as well.

Evaluative Criteria: Cultural Markers. There is a strong Cuban influence throughout the story. Also, there is use of Spanish words mixed in with the English words to further strengthen the Cuban connection

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Book Trailer:

Deedy, C. A., & Austin, M. (2007). Martina, the beautiful cockroach: A Cuban folktale. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.