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Alma Flor Ada was born in 1938 in Cuba. She has authored several children's folktales including "Encaje de Piedra" which earned her the Marta Salotti Gold Medal, "The Gold Coin" which won the Christopher Award, and "Gathering the Sun" which received the Once Upon a World Award. "The Lizard and the mostrar mais Sun/La Lagartija y el Sol" won her a Gold Medal from the National Association of Parenting Publications, and she was awarded an Accolade from the American Folklore Association for "Mediopollito/Half-Chicken". Her title "Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba" won the Pura Belpre Award. In addition to writing, she is a professor at the University of San Francisco. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Alma Flor Ada

Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English (1997) 798 exemplares, 35 críticas
My Name is María Isabel (1993) 738 exemplares, 38 críticas
I Love Saturdays y domingos (2004) 595 exemplares, 80 críticas
Dear Peter Rabbit (1994) 440 exemplares, 14 críticas
¡Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes (2003) 420 exemplares, 4 críticas
Yours Truly, Goldilocks (1998) 376 exemplares, 9 críticas
Daniel's Mystery Egg (2001) 310 exemplares, 2 críticas
With Love, Little Red Hen (2001) 303 exemplares, 6 críticas
Dancing Home (2011) 255 exemplares, 10 críticas
The Gold Coin (1991) 237 exemplares, 6 críticas
In the Barrio (1994) 234 exemplares
Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba (1998) 228 exemplares, 7 críticas
Friend Frog (2000) 219 exemplares, 4 críticas
The Lizard and the Sun / La Lagartija y el Sol (1997) 185 exemplares, 6 críticas
Jordi's Star (1996) 164 exemplares, 4 críticas
Love, Amalia (2012) 154 exemplares, 13 críticas
In the Cow's Backyard (1991) 147 exemplares
Where the Flame Trees Bloom (1994) 145 exemplares, 3 críticas
Ten Little Puppies/Diez perritos (2011) 144 exemplares, 6 críticas
How Happy I Would Be! (1989) 108 exemplares
Extra! Extra!: Fairy-Tale News from Hidden Forest (2007) 104 exemplares, 8 críticas
The Quetzal's Journey (2002) 94 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Kite (1997) 72 exemplares, 2 críticas
Mamá Goose: A Latino Nursery Treasury (2005) 71 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Empty Piñata (1997) 71 exemplares, 2 críticas
A Rose with Wings (1991) 65 exemplares
The Three Golden Oranges (1999) 64 exemplares, 7 críticas
Island Treasures: Growing Up in Cuba (2015) 62 exemplares, 2 críticas
Strange Visitors (1989) 54 exemplares
The Song of the Teeny-Tiny Mosquito (1989) 54 exemplares, 1 crítica
Bear's Walk: A Never-Ending Story (1988) 48 exemplares
Who's Hatching Here? (1989) 46 exemplares
Flying Dragon (1999) 45 exemplares
Blue and Green (1999) 40 exemplares, 1 crítica
Olmo and the Blue Butterfly (1992) 38 exemplares
What Are Ghosts Afraid Of? (1997) 38 exemplares
Friends (Stories for the Telling) (1988) 38 exemplares
How the Rainbow Was Born (1991) 37 exemplares, 1 crítica
After the Storm (1997) 36 exemplares, 1 crítica
Me Gusta Jugar (1993) 36 exemplares
Brush and Paint (1999) 35 exemplares, 1 crítica
It Wasn't Me (1992) 35 exemplares
I Don't Want to Melt! (1998) 34 exemplares
Voices (1999) 33 exemplares, 1 crítica
Eyes of the Jaguar (2004) 33 exemplares
The Malachite Palace (1998) 31 exemplares, 2 críticas
Paths (1999) 31 exemplares, 1 crítica
A New Job for Pérez, the Mouse (2002) 30 exemplares
Smiles (1999) 30 exemplares, 1 crítica
Senderos (2009) 29 exemplares
Let Me Help!/Quiero ayudar! (2010) 29 exemplares, 3 críticas
On the Wings of the Condor (2004) 29 exemplares
The Golden Cage (1997) 28 exemplares, 2 críticas
Singing Horse (1999) 27 exemplares
Steps (Gateways to the Sun) (1999) 27 exemplares
Dreaming Fish (1999) 25 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Picnic (2000) 25 exemplares
Caballete (Puertas al Sol) (1999) 24 exemplares
My Mother Plants Strawberries (1994) 22 exemplares, 1 crítica
Bernice The Barnacle (1993) 20 exemplares
Laughing Crocodiles (1999) 20 exemplares
Scenes from Curtains Up! (2001) 20 exemplares
The Christmas Tree (1775) 19 exemplares, 2 críticas
I Love the World (1993) 17 exemplares
Canvas and Paper (1999) 16 exemplares
A Surprise for Mother Rabbit (1991) 15 exemplares
I'll tell you something (1995) 15 exemplares
Once Upon a Time in Dragon Land (2010) 14 exemplares
Dear Grandma (2001) 14 exemplares, 1 crítica
Before and Now (2002) 13 exemplares
The Unicorn of the West (1994) 13 exemplares, 1 crítica
Scenes from Rat-a-Tat Cat (2001) 13 exemplares
The Picnic At Apple Park (2007) 13 exemplares
One, two, three. Who can it be! (2002) 12 exemplares
Cristina and the Frog (2010) 11 exemplares
Just for You 2-1 (Trophies) (2003) 11 exemplares
Pin, Pin, Sarabin (1993) 9 exemplares
Mine (2002) 8 exemplares
In the Classroom (Grade 3) (2002) 8 exemplares
Getting Around in the City (2002) 8 exemplares
Colors: An Artist's Diary (1999) 8 exemplares
Moving into English (2005) 7 exemplares
Rhymes (1999) 7 exemplares
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall (2002) 7 exemplares
Harcourt Lenguaje (Grade 2) (2002) 7 exemplares
A pesar del amor (2003) 7 exemplares, 1 crítica
Holidays, Family, and Fun (2002) 7 exemplares, 1 crítica
Barriletes (Cuentos Con Alma) (1849) 6 exemplares
Just One Seed (2000) 6 exemplares
Hello! (2002) 6 exemplares
Clues to an Island Rhythm (2006) 6 exemplares, 1 crítica
I Am: A Journal of My Life (1999) 5 exemplares
El Verde Limon (1997) 4 exemplares
Dear Berta (2002) 4 exemplares
El Conejo y La Tortuga (1989) 4 exemplares
el manto de plumas (1991) 3 exemplares
Querido Pedrín 3 exemplares, 3 críticas
Abuelita's Secret (2019) 3 exemplares
Abecelo Book (2010) 3 exemplares
Lápices Diario del artista (2000) 3 exemplares
into Reading Texas mybook 3 (2020) 3 exemplares
Under One Roof (Harcourt) (2002) 3 exemplares
Living in Two Languages (2009) 3 exemplares
En la Playa (2000) 2 exemplares
La rama azul (1990) 2 exemplares, 1 crítica
El Reino de la Geometria (1993) 2 exemplares
Ecos Del Pasado (Generaciones) (1997) 2 exemplares
Serafina's Birthday (1992) 2 exemplares
Top Hat (Gateways to the Sun) (2002) 2 exemplares
Raton Perez 2 exemplares
Corre Al Coro (Musica Amiga 4) (1998) 2 exemplares
A sus marcas! (2002) 2 exemplares
Proclamations (1993) 2 exemplares
The Corn Seed 2 exemplares
Salta, saltarin (2010) 2 exemplares
Cucarachita Martina 2 exemplares
Un día de picnic 1 exemplar
HMH into Reading - My Book 4 (2019) 1 exemplar
Rios De Lava (1997) 1 exemplar
Los tres cerditos (1989) 1 exemplar
Los Zorros 1 exemplar
Cuenta cuentos 1 exemplar
Tipi tipi ton 1 exemplar
No fui yo... 1 exemplar
Mas Poderoso Que 40 (SRA) (1995) 1 exemplar
Hagamos Tecolote 1 exemplar
Dulce es la sal (1996) 1 exemplar
The Rooster 1 exemplar
Erase Que Se Era (1995) 1 exemplar
¡Vamos de fiesta! 1 exemplar
Tres princesas (2004) 1 exemplar
Stories to Celebrate (2008) 1 exemplar
Escenas y Alegrias (1990) 1 exemplar
Partimos Trb Package (1998) 1 exemplar
Gorrión,gorrión 1 exemplar, 1 crítica

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Too Many Tamales (1993) — Tradutor, algumas edições2,423 exemplares, 160 críticas
On the Day You Were Born (1991) — Tradutor, algumas edições1,956 exemplares, 20 críticas
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez (2003) — Tradutor, algumas edições1,179 exemplares, 73 críticas
Hop Jump (1993) — Tradutor, algumas edições451 exemplares, 7 críticas
The Gorilla Did It (1974) — Tradutor, algumas edições253 exemplares, 2 críticas
The Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring (1973) — Tradutor, algumas edições226 exemplares, 4 críticas
Rabbit and Turtle Go to School (1997) — Tradutor, algumas edições186 exemplares
And Sunday Makes Seven (1990) — Tradutor, algumas edições8 exemplares, 1 crítica


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Ada, Alma Flor
Data de nascimento
Cuba (birth)
País (no mapa)
Local de nascimento
Camaguey, Cuba
Locais de residência
San Mateo, California, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Lima, Peru
Massachusetts, USA (mostrar todos 11)
Madrid, Spain
Salamanca, Spain
Miami, Florida, USA
Denver, Colorado, USA
Camaguey, Cuba
Universidad Camplutense Madrid (Deplima de Estudios Hispanicos)
Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PhD)
Harvard University
Children's Author
University of San Francisco

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Alma Flor Ada is an award-winning Cuban-American author of children's books, poetry, and novels. A Professor Emerita at the University of San Francisco, she is recognized for her work promoting bilingual and multicultural education in the United States.

Born in 1938 in Camagüey, Cuba, she grew up in a family of storytellers, poets, and educators, hearing traditional tales retold by her grandmother, father, and uncle. At the age of fifteen, she traded a quinceañera party for summer school in the United States, thus beginning her life as a bilingual person. After completing high school in Cuba, she earned a scholarship to attend Loretto Heights College. After a year at Barry College in Miami, she earned a Diploma de Estudios Hispanos with an Excellency Award at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She completed her Ph.D at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholars Exchange Grant and appointed a Radcliffe Institute scholar at Harvard University and prepared her dissertation for publication, Pedro Salinas: El diálogo creador.

In 1970, she and her four children relocated permanently to the United States. She currently resides in Marin County, California, and has nine grandchildren.

(source: Wikipedia)



When their mother tells them she is ready to be a grandmother and that it is time they found wives in this Spanish folktale, three brothers seek the counsel of the wise old woman living on the cliff by the sea, for there were no marriageable women in their area. Advised to seek a castle surrounded by an orange grove, on the other side of the mountain, and to bring the three golden oranges they would find back to the old woman, the brothers set out. The elder two, Santiago and Tomás, ignored the woman's instruction to stick together, setting out on their own both on the journey out, and on the return. It was the youngest, Matías, who followed instructions, managing to pick the three oranges, free his brothers, and return with his orange to the old woman. Santiago and Tomás, by contrast, landed in the castle's dungeons twice. Because the oranges had been separated, Matías was denied his bride for a time, working in the fields while a sweet white dove comforted his mother. It was only when he freed the dove from a painful thorn that Matías finally found his bride, Blancaflor, who has been enchanted by a wizard, together with her two sisters (the other oranges) and her mother (the tree)...

I picked up The Three Golden Oranges with some anticipation, thinking that I already knew the story, and eager to see it presented in picture book form. After all, I had read and enjoyed Ralph Steele Boggs and Mary Gould Davis' collection, Three Golden Oranges and Other Spanish Folk Tales, in which the eponymous story chronicled how a young man found his bride through a similar quest. As it happens, the version presented here by author Alma Flor Ada and illustrator Reg Cartwright is somewhat different—to start with, it features three brothers rather than one—although it is clearly related. I greatly enjoyed this retelling, both from a storytelling perspective and from a visual, aesthetic one. So many classic folktale elements are here—the three brothers, of whom only the youngest is sincere and true; the quest for a bride or bridegroom; the enchanted heroine or hero, who must be freed by their intended spouse—and they are woven together into an engaging whole. I finished the book intrigued by the figure of Blancaflor, a young maiden enchanted into an orange who is apparently a well-known character in Spanish folklore and legend, appearing in numerous tales. The accompanying illustrations, done in oil paint, are expressive and engaging, with a beautiful palette of colors and a lovely folk sensibility. Recommended to young folklore enthusiasts, and to anyone seeking traditional tales from Spain.
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AbigailAdams26 | 6 outras críticas | Jul 7, 2024 |
A solitary unicorn seeks to uncover who and what he is with the help of various animals friends in this original fairy-tale from author Alma Flor Ada and illustrator Abigail Pizer. Having never seen another of his kind, the unicorn is unable to answer questions about himself when he meets a robin, butterfly and squirrel, each of whom set out to help him, by searching for others of his kind. The unicorn, in the meantime, follows the unearthly music he hears one day, finding three other unicorns in the nearby mountains. Here he discovers that he is the Unicorn of the West, that the other three are the Unicorns of the North, South and East, and that it is the role of unicorns to ensure that the world has enough love, and beautiful dreams to live on...

I've been on a unicorn picture book kick recently, after being reminded of a few unicorn stories I'd been meaning to read by a display at my local library for Unicorn Day, back in April. In searching for additional titles (what can I say? I tend to fall down thematic rabbit holes) I discovered The Unicorn of the West, written by Alma Flor Ada, whose work I know, and illustrated by Abigail Pizer (great name!), of whom I'd never heard. In any case, I found the story here interesting, and enjoyed certain aspects of it—the idea of four unicorns representing the cardinal directions, the fact that the unicorn at first thinks the butterfly is a flower with wings—but I'm not sure it held together all that well. The watercolor artwork is quite lovely, and although not destined to become a favorite, I think I would have enjoyed this one, as a girl. Recommended to young unicorn lovers, and to those who enjoy original fairy-tales.
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AbigailAdams26 | Jun 16, 2024 |
A little half chicken with one leg and one wing sets out for the viceroy's court in Mexico City in this bilingual retelling of a traditional tale that has roots in Spain, but is also to be found in the lore of many Latin American countries. Helping a stream, a fire, and the wind along his journey, Half Chicken arrives at the viceroy's court, only to find himself in the soup pot. Fortunately the forces he aided—water, fire and wind—come to his rescue, and he finds himself transformed into the very first weathervane: a half chicken sitting on a roof with a view of the world, turning according to the gusts of his friend the wind...

I have seen this tale retold in picture book form before, in Eric A. Kimmel's Medio Pollito: A Spanish Tale, with artwork by Argentine illustrator Valeria Docampo. According to the brief note here from author Alma Flor Ada, this pourquoi tale explaining the origin of weathervanes originates in Spain (that is how the Kimmel retelling presents it), but can also be found throughout Latin America. The version she tells here is from her Cuban grandmother, but reset it in Mexico. I have therefore added it to my Spanish folklore, Mexican folklore and Cuban folklore shelves. Leaving all that aside, I found Mediopollito / Half-Chicken to be an engaging retelling of the tale. I appreciated the story itself—pourquoi tales are always fun!—and the fact that it is presented in both English and Spanish, with the latter being provided by translator Rosalma Zubizarreta. The colorful and engaging artwork is supplied by illustrator Kim Howard, who also worked on Rebecca Hickox's Zorro and Quwi: Tales of a Trickster Guinea Pig. Recommended to young folklore enthusiasts, and to anyone seeking bilingual picture books in both English and Spanish.
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AbigailAdams26 | 1 outra crítica | Jun 12, 2024 |
This is a story told through letters between characters such as The Little Red Hen, Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood, Peter Rabbit, and the Big Bad Wolf. I used a read-aloud on youtube, which was very well done. (https://youtu.be/YywQxu8G5vk).
This was a perfect introduction to use for the first-grade letter-writing project. We stopped to examine the format of the letters within the book. We also practiced inferencing skills as the story did not unfold in a typical manner.
The students enjoyed the story, which was very humorous, and the illustrations were beautiful.… (mais)
Chrissylou62 | 5 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |



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