Martina the Beautiful Cockroach - A Cuban Folk Tale by Carmen Deedy. 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. Soon, only the gardener PÃ©rez, a tiny brown mouse, is left. But what will happen when Martina offers him cafÃ© cubano?
After reading this sweet and witty retelling of the Cuban folktale, you ll never look at a cockroach the same way again.