Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba

Written by Alma Flor Ada. (Atheneum Books, 1998).



In a heartwarming and loving portrayal of her childhood days in Cuba, Ada describes her deep friendship with a beloved dance teacher. Readers meet relatives and share the tragedy of the loss of Ada's beloved uncle. Photographs enhance the diary-like portrayal of Ada's early years.

"This collection, a companion volume to Ada's Where the Flame Trees Bloom, encourages children to discover the stories in their own lives and to celebrate the joys and struggles we all share no matter where or when we grew up," said Yolanda Bonitch, chair of the Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee.

Awards Won

Title Year
Belpré Medal image Pura Belpré Award
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
2000 - Winner(s)