- Alma Flor Ada grew up in Cuba where she liked reading and the outdoors. She especially enjoyed mixing the two atop a big tree with one of her favorites.
- Mrs. Ada’s grandmother taught her to read at the young age of three.
uncles and grandmother were excellent storytellers who inspired Ada to tell her own stories.
The Unicorn West became her very
own “made-up story”.
- Interestingly, rabbits often “pop up” in Ada’s books because she
once rescued a group of them from a flood and they won her heart forever. Examples
are evident in Dear Peter Rabbit.
- In addition to writing children’s books, Alma Flor Ada contributes to her community as a mentor
to classroom teachers and a professor at the University of San Francisco.
- My Name is Maria Isabela is especially touching as Ada has struggled her entire life to be called
by her given name of “Alma Flor”. She often connects with those children
whose names are often mispronounced or changed for convenient purposes.
book The Golden Coin was written out
of her respect for migrant workers in the fields working to harvest food in the heat of the sun.
- Alma Flor Ada is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English.
“Knowing two languages has made the world richer for me.”
She also believes that all children should be given the opportunity of learning two or more languages
at a young age when it is easily attainable. Ada also says of her belief:
“[It] is for that reason I am
delighted that most of my books are published both in English and
in Spanish.” “And it makes me even happier that my own daughter,
Rosalma Zubizarreta, has done many of the translation of my books.”
her success as children’s author to the constant support of her family members.
In addition to her grandmother’s inspiration and her daughters help with the translation of her books, Ada also
expresses immense gratitude to her son, Alfonso Zubizarreta and his wife Denia Zamperlini, for the dedication to the distribution
of her books through http://www.delsolbooks.com/ Ray Vance, Ada’s nephew, creatively assists
her with the “upkeep” of her wonderful website which you can peruse at www.almaflorada.com.