Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing
Surprisingly enjoyable.? I picked it up on impulse from WNC because it seemed like a painless way to learn a bit about Cuba, and because I've enjoyed some picture-books by the author.? It met those ... Read full review
UNDER THE ROYAL PALMS: A Childhood in CubaUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Of books comprising nuggets of memory there seems to be no end, and in a companion volume to her Where the Flame Trees Bloom (1994, not reviewed), Ada recounts small stories of growing up in the town ... Read full review