Monday, November 3, 2014

Picture Book Month Day 3: Insects

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative 
that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. 
Visit the Picture Book Month website

Picture Book Month Day 3 theme: Insects

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Deedy
Author-Carmendeedy's web site

Martina is a wonderful book that I have used in my library lessons. It is fun and an interesting folktale plus it has cockroaches. How cool is that?

Click here to For a Martina Activity: Take a look at the "other side of the story."
Students can write a story from the point of view of Martina’s rejected suitors, using this book activity.

Learn a little Spanish vocabulary from Martina
Un poquito de espanol Martina style

A taste of Martina's Cuba

Click on the picture below to learn about real Cuban cockroaches.

Click here to explore Yucky Roach World!

Yummy cockroaches


  1. Well this looks like a beautiful book, and I love how you have connected to information about cockroaches, but isn't 'beautiful cockroach' an oxymoron?

    1. To me a cockroach is far from beautiful. In south Texas they are an every day part of life much like Mosquitos.

  2. Eeek - great books, but the visuals have left me feeling a bit panicky.!!

    1. The story is great. The cockroach is gross.

  3. Ummm... ewww! I'm sure there are kids who would love this one, but looking at cockroaches makes me feel itchy!

  4. Oh wow, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach looks really nice! :) Hehe. I'm sure a lot of reluctant readers would be intrigued enough to pick this one up.


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