Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Nov 1, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 96 pages
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In this companion volume to Alma Flor Ada's Where the Flame Trees Bloom, the author offers young readers another inspiring collection of stories and reminiscences drawn from her childhood on the island of Cuba. Through those stories we see how the many events and relationships she enjoyed helped shape who she is today.
We learn of a deep friendship with a beloved dance teacher that helped sustain young Alma Flor through a miserable year in school. We meet relatives, like her mysterious Uncle Manolo, whose secret, she later learns, is that he dedicated his life to healing lepers. We share the tragedy of another uncle whose spirited personality leads to his love of flying...and the crash that takes his life.
Heartwarming, poignant, and often humorous, this collection encourages children to discover the stories in their our own lives -- stories that can help inform their own values and celebrate the joys and struggles we all share no matter where or when we grew up.

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User Review  - Emma Hoyer - Goodreads

Stories like this are some of my favorite ways to see history preserved. There are unique perspectives from all over the world that need to be written down in much the same fashion as Alma Flor Ada ... Read full review

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User Review  - Madeline - Goodreads

In this autobiography bilingual children's author Alma Flor Ada captures snapshots of her childhood and relays them from her perspective. Ada tells of great adventures like her uncle purchasing a ... Read full review


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Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home with Gabriel Zubizarreta, My Name Is María Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), Where the Flame Trees Bloom, and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at AlmaFlorAda.com.

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