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Where the Flame Trees Bloom


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About The Book

Learn of the family values and experiences of a young child growing up in Cuba through this retelling of stories from author Alma Flor Ada’s childhood.

Through charming detail and beautiful illustrations, noted author Alma Flor Ada shares true stories from her childhood filled with family love and values. Told through the eyes of a child, a whole world comes to life for readers from tales about relatives, friends, and the hacienda where she grew up during her elementary years.

“Warmth and love for a treasured childhood exude from the pages…. Those who wonder what ‘family values’ really are may possibly find the answer in this slim volume of short stories.” — School Library Journal

About The Author

Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI 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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