Alma Flor Ada grew up in Cuba. Her family lived in a "wonderful big old house." If she went out the front door, she was on the street. But if she went out the back door, she found a special world that sparked her imagination. It was a world of fruit trees and animals. There were cows and a horse and a river full of life: herons, fish, bullfrogs, and turtles. Alma Flor Ada says that she writes to share some of the feelings she had as a child: "the joy, the excitement, the surprise." She says that seeing her books in the hands of a child is one of her greatest joys. Alma Flor Ada has lived in Cuba, Spain, Peru, and the United States. She writes books in both Spanish and English. She has four children and three grandchildren.Fox, Mem is the author of 'Quienquiera Que Seas', published 2002 under ISBN 9780152164607 and ISBN 015216460X.