I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but I came to live in the U.S. when I was seven years old. I taught English and Creative Writing during by entire working life, most of that at Miami Dade College. I now write children's books, travel and go birdwatching. I have two children I adore and a husband who takes photographs for me.
I have written children's picture books for both the educational market and trade publishers as well as articles and essays in various magazines and websites. Some of my children's books are The Nutty Little Vulture, Those Lively Lizards, Those Colossal Cats, and Those Voracious Vultures. I have adapted folk tales for the educational market: The Donkey and the Farmer, The Singing Wolf, and Monkey and Rabbit.
I love watching birds and wildlife. I travel to any wilderness I can as often as possible. I have had close encounters with jaguars and macaws in the wilds of Brazil, bison in the American west, alligators in the Everglades, and blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos. I write about anything that grabs my interest: history, anthropology, nutrition, health, ocean life, and World Cup soccer (OK, that last one only catches my interest once every four years), but especially, nature.
It's time for Little Vulture to start finding his own meals. But when he ventures out on his own, he discovers that none of the food the other vultures are sharing with him is tasty. On his journey, he discovers that some vultures are vegetarians -- which seems just a little bit nutty to him, too!
In memory of my beloved grandson, who died two weeks after his first birthday, there is scholarship fund established in his name. If is for students working toward a BS in Early Childhood Education. Please click the Donate button if you'd like to contribute to the fund or call the Miami Dade Foundation care of Ana Martinez 786-395-0033.
If you are a Miami Dade College student, who is majoring in Early Childhood Education, and interested in the scholarship, contact Dr. Susan Neimand in the School of Education: email@example.com.