Downloadable Literature Guides

You can purchase the 25-page guide for Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck, the 19-page guide for Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, and the 10-page unit for Laurence Yep's Cockroach Cooties NOW for immediate download for only $12.95!
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Maybelle in the Soup
by Katie Speck
A Junior Library Guild Award Book
Kid's Wings Award for Excellence in Literature
Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

"Well, even if a cockroach can't get exactly what a cockroach wants,
you can't blame her for trying."

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?

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, little Maybelle or her brilliant Henry? It's an easy chapter book that will leave you begging for more, and happily, there is more: Maybelle Goes to Tea.

Research Links
Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck
Bug Bios

Cockroach Care

The Cockroach Home Page

Writing Activities That Build Character Descriptions

Literary Connections/Cockroaches:

Cockroach Cooties by Leda Schubert

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy

MASTERPIECE by Elise Broach

Gregor the Overlander by Susan Collins

Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck
You can purchase the 25-page guide for Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck, the 19-page guide for Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, and the 10-page unit for Laurence Yep's Cockroach Cooties NOW for immediate download for only $12.95!
Click here to purchase and download.

A 25-page unit for Maybelle in the Soup is a part of a collection of 23 units in Gifts and Givers

The Activity Guide for Maybelle in the Soup contains:
Discussion Cards
Crossword Puzzles
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
Story Mapping
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Comparing Books
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)
Discussion/Writing Prompts


The 19-page Martina the Beautiful Cockroach Guide Contains:
Discussion Cards
Crossword Puzzle
Cockroach Facts Readers’ Theater
Cuba Research and Map Study
Story Mapping
Character Lesson: Choosing the Right Husband or Wife
Creative Artwork Activities
Comparing Books
Vocabulary and Writing Activities
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Spanish Vocabulary Activity
Logic Puzzle
Fun with Words
Discussion/Writing Prompts

Cockroach Cooties by Laurence Yep



Martina the Beautiful Cockroach and Maybelle in the Soup are included in the Kids Wings Gifts and Givers collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. The Gifts and Givers package includes 24 literature guides for award-winning books, over 500 pages of activities, 7 Jeopardy-type games, and 9 Karoke-type songs You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Gifts and Givers, you can get 24 literature guides on sale, for about $1.00 each! This is one of the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!



With special thanks to the talented Robert Finley for allowing us to use his performance of, "El Pelele" by Enrique Granados as our background music.


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