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The pictures are great: It is an engaging children's book about a cello-playing cockroach with a penchant for cleaning and her many adventures. Need I say more? Nov 29, Noelle Walsh rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is an excellent kids' book about how true love and true beauty are more than skin deep. I think it's a perfect addition to a child's bookshelf and is worth being read by people young and old. It is really worth reading as the message needs to be heard. Dec 10, Mariana Farcas rated it it was amazing Shelves: Martina finds a shiny coin and A very educational book in so many ways!

Nov 28, Connie rated it really liked it Shelves: I received this book free from Goodreads hoping I would review it. Jan 05, Stacie rated it really liked it Shelves: Martina Finds a Shiny Coin is a sweet story about a darling cucarachita cockroach named Martina who longs to find her true love. One day as Martina is sweeping she finds coin. She uses the coin to go into town, where a beautiful gata cat talks her into buying face powder and a hat.

The gata tells Martina the hat and face powder will help her to look more like a girl and less like a roach. The gata's advice works and Martina soon has many suitors. However, they only like her for her outside be Martina Finds a Shiny Coin is a sweet story about a darling cucarachita cockroach named Martina who longs to find her true love.

Martina Finds a Shiny Coin

However, they only like her for her outside beauty and not who she is on the inside. Heartbroken, Martina is ready to give up on love and then a raton rat appears This is such a wonderful story about embracing your true self and never trying to be something you're not to please others. I love that the main character is a cockroach and of all the critters the only one who sees her true beauty is a rat. The story is fun, creative, and shares a timeless message. The use of Spanish words don't worry there's a glossary is something else I enjoyed as it introduces children to a new language.

The author mixes the English and Spanish in such a way that little ones should be able to figure out what the words mean and if not they'll have fun trying. The colorful and engaging illustrations add to the entertainment. It's certainly a story children will want to hear again and again. I highly recommend picking up a copy. Sep 15, Stephanie Ward rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This lovely edition includes charming watercolor illustrations, a glossary of Spanish words and a closing note from the author that adds depth and meaning to the story.

I have been looking forward to reading this book since I registered for a giveaway on Goodreads. I was thrilled to win and as soon as I received the book, my son tore open the envelope and we read the book together. He enjoyed every page, laughed about pigs driving a van and was curious about cellos.

I loved the fact that he was exposed to another language in the context of a meaningful story and learned a bit about a culture in another part of the world. The best compliment I can give this book is from my 2 year old who said "more book" when we were finished.

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We will be reading it many times. Oct 22, Alexis rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a really nice story about being yourself. I particularly liked the inclusion of Spanish words throughout the story. I think this would make a really good read aloud.

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The spanish words are explained in the back and there is information about the town that the story is set in. The only thing that could be improved would be to include some phonetic markers in the dictionary. I knew many of the Spanish words, but not all and I rea This is a really nice story about being yourself. I knew many of the Spanish words, but not all and I really hate destroying words especially when reading aloud to children. Overall a great read and I look forward to reading it to a variety of kids.

Feb 07, Margaret rated it it was amazing.

Won this on a Goodreads Hiveaway and found it a nice read for my four year old grandson. I would have preferred more rounded characters in the illustrations eg Disney drawings, if you get my meaning. However, the story was good and I liked the explanations of the words at the back. Nov 11, Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it Shelves: This work is an adaptation of a Hispanic folk tale. Spanish words are used throughout the story but fortunately there is a glossary at the end of the book which is beautifully illustrated.

This was a free review copy through Goodreads. Nov 16, Dania Ramos rated it it was amazing. A lovely retelling of a classic Caribbean folktale. La cucarachita Martina yearns for a suitor who recognizes her talents, not just her looks. Vibrant illustrations add to this book's charm.

Martina Finds a Shiny Coin by Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor

Bob rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Sarah rated it it was amazing Dec 20, Alba Escayo rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Catherine rated it really liked it Oct 11, Kim rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Marie Guillaume rated it it was amazing Aug 29, Giovanna rated it really liked it Apr 26, Rita Saltarelli rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Dawn rated it liked it Jul 16, Maria rated it really liked it Oct 23, Zachary Harless rated it it was amazing Oct 13, Laura Tils rated it it was amazing Jun 25, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor is the author of two children's books. Yadhira is a professional wearer of a thousand and one hats. Among the many she wears, the most important one is that of mother. Books by Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor. Trivia About Martina Finds a S The conference focused on the need for Latin literature and how Latin s are underrepresented as an ethnic group in this industry.


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We live in the most diverse nation in the world, yet we are underrepresented in the stories we read to ourselves and our children and grandchildren. Even more alarming is the fact that, in the age of diversity and equal opportunity employment, we are underrepresented in the editing, publishing, and promotional arms of the literary industry. At the conference, representatives from Random House, editors, and small press publishers all seemed to have the same message for the aspiring and published authors—there is an open invitation to produce quality material that suits the beautiful blend that is the Latino culture.

As a writer and attorney working with at risk-youth in New York City, I see it as my responsibility to produce this literature. As a mother of three children, I have felt frustrated at not finding literature that reflects them or me.


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By pure coincidence, what began as an afternoon project with my five-year-old became a retelling of my very favorite Caribbean folktale, La Cucarachita Martina y el Raton Perez. One day, my husband asked me if there were any Puerto Rican folktales I could share with her, and immediately la cucarachita Martina came to mind. I frequently told my daughter the original version, or at least what I remembered of it, that my grandmother recited to me when I was growing up in rural Caguas, Puerto Rico.