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Alma Flor Ada was born in Camaguey, Cuba, and has lived in Spain and Peru. She now lives in San Francisco, California, where she is a professor of multicultural education at the University of San Francisco. She also travels all over the United States giving lectures and workshops on that subject.

Ms. Ada has published prolifically in Spain, Mexico, and Peru, as well as the United States. Her other books for Atheneum include The Gold Coin (illustrated by Neil Waldman), My Name Is Maria Isabel, Dear Peter Rabbit and Yours Truly, Goldilocks (both illustrated by Leslie Tryon), and The Malachite Palace (illustrated by Leonid Gore).

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Ada, Alma Flor Childhood and youth Juvenile literature, Authors, American 20th century Biography Juvenile literature, Authors, Cuban 20th century Biography Juvenile literature, Ada, Alma Flor Homes and haunts Cuba Juvenile literature, Cuban American women Biography Juvenile literature, Cuba Social life and customs Juvenile literature, Cuba Intellectual life Juvenile literature, Family Cuba Juvenile literature, Ada, Alma Flor, Authors, American, Cuba Social life and customs, Women Biography