Alma Flor Ada and YOU Volume II

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Following up on the first volume featuring prolific author Alma Flor Ada, this second volume offers further insight into her life and writing. Here, the author discusses her work as a poet, dramatist, writer of memoir, reteller of folktales and legends for children, and translator. She discusses her collaborative work and the processes involved in working with illustrators, songwriters, and co-author Isabel Campoy. Her work as a translator and promoter of Spanish and English books for all children?well known and ...

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Overview

Following up on the first volume featuring prolific author Alma Flor Ada, this second volume offers further insight into her life and writing. Here, the author discusses her work as a poet, dramatist, writer of memoir, reteller of folktales and legends for children, and translator. She discusses her collaborative work and the processes involved in working with illustrators, songwriters, and co-author Isabel Campoy. Her work as a translator and promoter of Spanish and English books for all children—well known and valued in bilingual education-is also detailed. Finally, the book furnishes useful ideas and activities for using the author's books in the classroom to spark the writer within every young reader. Grades K-12.

Following up on the first volume featuring prolific author Alma Flor Ada, this second volume offers further insight into her life and work. Here, the author discusses her work as a poet, dramatist, writer of memoir, reteller of folktales and legends for children, and Spanish language translator. She discusses her collaborative work and the processes involved in working with illustrators, songwriters, and co-author Isabel Campoy with whom, she has founded her own publishing company, Del Sol Books. Her work as a translator and promoter of Spanish and English books for all children—well known and valued in bilingual education-is also detailed. Finally, drawing on the author's years of experience as a professor of Education and her many author visits to schools, the book furnishes useful ideas and activities for using the author's books in the classroom to spark the writer within every young reader. Grades K-12.

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"Not only does Ada speak in her own words, but she includes essays by authors who have worked with her, permitting the reader to engage with her writing from several different perspectives. . . . This is an interesting form of autobiography and could be a useful resource for teachers at all levels as well as inspirational for the student wishing to write. Ada talks about her love of poetry, explains how she decides on a genre to express herself, and gives ideas for writing exercises in the classroom."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591582281
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2008
  • Series: Author and YOU Series , #2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ALMA FLOR ADA is retired Professor of Education at the University of San Francisco. She is a well-known author of children's and professional books for teachers and with Isabel Campoy is the co-owner of Del Sol Books, a publishing company that specializes in Spanish language translations and materials for children.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Introduction xi

Words of Hope: Living to Write, Writing to Love xi

Volumes I and II xv

Part I Becoming an Author 1

My Elementary School Years 3

My High School Years 9

Part II Sharing the Joy of Creation 13

Hearts and Minds: Illustrating Children's Books Leslie Tryon 15

Hidden Secrets in Hidden Forest 17

Writing in Collaboration: One Plus One Is One, or Two F. Isabel Campoy 21

One Book, Two Authors, Two Voices 23

One Book, Two Authors, One Voice 23

One Book, Two Authors, Many Voices 24

When Poetry Becomes Song Suni Paz 27

Learning the Art of Translation Rosalma Zubizarreta 33

Part III Writing in Multiple Genress 37

The Richness of Multiple Voices 39

Poetry and I 41

Poetry 41

Traditional Nursery Rhymes and Christmas Carols 42

Poetry Anthologies 44

Poems Set to Music 48

Books of Original Poetry 49

Stories Retold as Poems and Songs 51

Responses from Teachers, Librarians, and Children 52

It's Play Time! 55

Theatre and I 55

Plays in the Classroom 60

Published Plays 62

Responses from Teachers, Librarians, and Children 62

Telling My Own Life Stories 63

Books of Childhood Memories 63

Responses from Teachers, Librarians, and Children 65

Creating Non-Fiction Books 69

Art 69

Biographies 69

Culture 69

Language 70

Art 71

Responses from Teachers, Librarians, and Children 72

Biographies 73

Responses from Teachers, Librarians, and Children 74

Celebrations 75

Responses from Teachers, Librarians, and Children 76

Culture 77

Responses from Teachers, Librarians, and Children 78

Language 79

part IV The Refers' Voices 81

The Transformative Power of Language: Alma Flor Ada's Gift toHer Readers Janet Hill Anthony L. Manna 83

The Power of Language 83

The Memoirs 85

The Importance of Names and Naming 87

The Value of Shared Experience 88

Conclusion 88

Notes 89

Bibliography 89

Questions Most Frequently Asked by Children 91

Biographical Questions and Their Relationship to Children's Lives 91

Questions Related to the Art of Writing 92

Thank-You Letters from Children and Teachers 95

Alma Flor Ada's Literary Works 97

Literary Publications for Adults: Novels 97

Literary Publications: Children's Literature 97

Credits 105

Index 109

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