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Alma Flor Ada

Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home with Gabriel Zubizarreta, My Name Is María Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), Where the Flame Trees Bloom, and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at
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Dancing Home

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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live with kindness towards all

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I truly don't know

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I wish I could meet Jose Marti and express my gratitude for his words, both his poetry and his speeches, and above all for his living example.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Gracias a la vida, Te recuerdo, Amalia, Over the Rainbow, La Vie en Rose, Las perlas de tu boca,

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A drop of water in the ocean



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