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Martina Finds a Shiny Coin

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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 to see what she finds in this wonderful retelling of a Cari ...more
Paperback, 36 pages
Published July 31st 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Somebody asked me : "Why do you wanna read a book for kids?"
Well, I said, "Do I need to have certain age to read a beautiful story?"
So That was what happened when I read this lovely book.
Such a beautiful and cute story that renews our faith in dreams and warm our heart.
"Martina Finds a Shiny Coin" is a beautiful story for children of all ages, including those like me that are more than 20 years old :)
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Martina Finds a Shiny Coin is a heart-felt children's book about love and acceptance. It is an adaptation of a Puerto Rican folktale, La Cucarachita Martina. The main character of the story is a very talented and gifted cockroach-yes a cockroach- whose journey to find beauty, love, and self-acceptance begins with finding a shiny coin. This book is beautifully illustrated, the drawings are rich in color and depicts a detailed portrait of a very real town in Puerto Rico. The center theme of this b ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: I received this book from a giveaway on goodreads. All thoughts on the book are my own.

This children's book is a charming tale of a cockroach named Martina and her adventures after finding a coin while she was doing a chore in her yard. I read this book with my 3 year old niece and she really enjoyed it and was thrilled when I gave it to her to add to her collection of story books. I especially like the inclusion of Spanish words and the English translation of those words in th
Kelly Willcoxbrackeen
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very cute children's book that comes with a lesson in the Spanish languange. I would have preferred that my grandchild learned more important Spanish words first but I thought learning to look up vocabulary not understood was a very important lesson. I loved that the lack of bathroom humor, the lesson of loving yourself and waiting for others to love you for who you are. The bug dating animals kind of creeped me out but I lack the imagination of a child.

I would highly recommend this book for ot
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: early childhood teachers, teachers K-Gr 2
Recommended to Chickenlips422 by: author, Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor
Kudos to a first time author, Yadhira ! This is a charming children's book. The setting is in the enchanted island of Puerto Rico. The main character is Martina, a cockroach. Martina is a talented cockroach and is friendly with the other animals, who are also professionals and want to marry her. Finally, she finds someone, Miguel,the mouse who appreciates her for her and not her looks. The illustrations by Alba Escayo compliment the story text, which blends English and Spanish quite nicely. The ...more
Irene Xylas
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful well written story about love, self worth and acceptance. The illustrations compliment the story set In a beautiful village in Puerto Rico where the author grew up. Although the main character is female the theme crosses gender lines and teaches everyone to accept who they are and to look beyond the external appearances of people. A worthy read and a must have for any young readers library. Kudos to first time author Yadhira Gonzalez Taylor!
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is a great children's book that gives some glimpse of Puerto-Rico's culture. I liked the way Spanish and local words were incorporated in the text. The glossary was also nice so, although, I'm not familiar with some of the words, I was able to look for their meaning.
I also liked the pictures, they're very colorful (like the Puerto-Rico itself, I would imagine), with lots of details.
Note: I received this book from giveaway in goodreads.

I like this book. When I saw the cover for the first time, I was like "why cockroach? Everyone hate cockroach"
but, this cockroach is a beautiful and kind cockroach named Martina.

Lovely story, beautiful drawing, thank you so much.
Is this book really a children book? Because it's really has deep philosophy.
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways.

I loved this book! I'm a student learning Spanish, and when it came I was delighted by the chance to practice reading such a charming story. The pictures are great: full-color and in a very nice style. 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?
Noelle Walsh
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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.

*won on GoodReads First Reads*
Mariana Farcas
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Martina finds a shiny coin and ...herself.
A very educational book in so many ways!
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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FTC: I received this book free from Goodreads hoping I would review it.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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 he
Stephanie Ward
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children, Teachers
Shelves: kidlit, giveaways
Martina Finds a Shiny Coin is a wonderful children's book based on a Puerto Rican folktale. 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 e
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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. The spanish words are explained in the back and there is information about the town that the story is set in. additionally the watercolor illustrations add a lot of charm. 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 ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Won this on a Goodreads Hiveaway and found it a nice read for my four year old grandson. Unusual illustrations. 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. Would recommend. M m
Fredrick Danysh
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
Dania Ramos
Nov 16, 2015 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.
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Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor is the author of two children's books. Her titles are: Martina Finds a Shiny Coin and Martina and the Wondrous Waterfall.

Yadhira is a professional wearer of a thousand and one hats. Among the many she wears, the most important one is that of mother. She holds a law degree from New York Law School as well as bachelor and masters degrees from John Jay College of Criminal Jus