Are you ready for some laugh-out-loud, roll on the floor giggling fun? Here are two cockroachy books that you'll never forget.
One is MARTINA, THE BEAUTIFUL COCKROACH, A CUBAN FOLKTALE.
The other is MAYBELLE IN THE SOUP.
MARTINA, THE BEAUTIFUL COCKROACH by Carmen Agra Deedy is a Cuban folktale that offers wise advice to young maidens (and cockroaches) searching for just the right husband.
Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach has just grown up! She is now 21 days old and is ready to entertain suitors. But will she know the right best husband when he comes courting? Her Cuban grandmother Abuela gives her some incredibly shocking advice. " You want me to do what?" Martina gasps.
The string of suitors come and the little green cockroach puts them to the test. Only one is good and clever enough to earn her hand ... er ... feeler! The results are delightful! Which one will win her hand, the rooster, the pig, the lizard, or the mouse? Will she choose the right one?
The 23-page Kids Wings Literature Guide for Martina the Beautiful Cockroach was written by Suzy Red and comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats, perfect for projecting and printing. The 19 pages of activities include:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Cockroach Facts Readers’ Theater
Cuba Research and Map Study
Character Lesson: Choosing the Right Husband or Wife
Creative Artwork Activities
Vocabulary and Writing Activities
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Spanish Vocabulary Activity
Fun with Words
MAYBELLE IN THE SOUP by Katie Speck is the Kids Wings officially funniest choice of read-aloud laughter.
Maybelle lives under the Just-So Peabody's refrigerator and lives on crumbs and spills, but the desire of her heart is to eat from a real bowl. She has always followed her three important rules, but sometimes a cockroach has to do what a cockroach has to do. Fortunately, her flea friend, Henry, is there to try to save her most of the time, but where is he when she falls headfirst into the bowl of turtle soup and is almost slurped down by Mrs. Snodgrass? "Well, even if a cockroach can't get exactly what a cockroach wants, you can't blame her for trying."
This is one of the funniest stories you will ever read aloud! (And you HAVE to read it aloud so everyone can laugh out loud TOGETHER!) Maybelle's appetite for food leads them into hysterically funny situations. The characterization is beautifully portrayed and invites you to reconsider squashing that poor roach or giving your dog a flea bath. Who would want to hurt poor, creepy, innocent, little Maybelle or her brilliant Henry? It's an easy chapter book that will leave your kids begging for more, and happily, there is more: Maybelle Comes to Tea.
The 29-pages of Activities for MAYBELLE IN THE SOUP were written by Suzy Red and come to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for easy projecting and printing. Activities in this unit include:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Cockroach and the Flea: Readers’ Theater
Puppets for The Readers’ Theater
Maybelle’s Rules to Live By
Making Connections (Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions)
Character Connections: Maybelle’s Rules and Your Rules
Building Your Vocabulary
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Creative Writing Planning Corner—2 Pages
Creative Writing, First Draft
Creative Writing, Final Draft
Researching an Insect
Logic Puzzle: Crumbs and Spills Menu
Word-Changing Rules (ing, y, and double consonants)
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