About the Book
Author: Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor
Illustrator: Alba Escayo
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Number of Pages: 36
Synopsis: Many full moons ago, in an enchanted island in a tiny village called Borinquen, a wonderful and beautiful cellist named Martina finds a shiny coin while she is sweeping. Martina wants more than anything to find something special to buy with her coin. What will she find? Come along with Martina on her shopping trip in this wonderful retelling of a Caribbean classic. Contains over 35 Spanish words with a glossary for easy learning.
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 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. Available on Amazon.