Publisher description for Under the royal palms : a childhood in Cuba / Alma Flor Ada.


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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.

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, Family Cuba Juvenile literature, Ada, Alma Flor, Authors, American, Cuba Social life and customs, Women Biography