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When Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach of Havana, was ready to choose a husband, her abuelita taught her the "cafecito trick" that would help her find the right one.


Her Papá sent el perico, the parrot, to spread the word for all the suitors to come and visit Martina and woe her, but only one passes the test. 

Cuban Children's Book: Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach [Cuban Folktale]

  • Summary: In this humorous retelling of a Cuban folktale, a cockroach interiews her suitors in order to decide whom to marry. 

    Published by:
    Peachtree Publishing Company LLC

    Retold by:
    Carmen Agra Deedy

    Illistrated by:
    Michael Austin


    • Honor Book, Pura Belpre Medal
    • Irma Simonton and James H. Black Aaward for the Best Picture Book of the Year
    • NCSS/CBC Notable Socital Studies Trade Books for Young People
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