In case you don't like videos, read this: Marta Elizabeth Magellan was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and immigrated to this country at the age of seven. She had already learned to read in Portuguese, and it wasn’t long before she fell in love with reading in English, devouring as many books as she could take out of the public school library, mostly the classics of children’s literature. She now teaches Composition, Creative Writing, and Survey of Children’s Literature, at Miami Dade College, where she is a full professor and adviser to Miambiance, the award-winning literary arts magazine. She has written and published articles and essays in various magazines and websites, and her interest in nature has also produced three published nonfiction books on animals for children. Her life and career revolve around reading and writing, even her volunteer work. She is a judge for the college’s League of Innovation Literary Competition, a proofreader for the Montgomery Botanical Research Center newsletter, and a regular author "introducer" at the Miami International Book Fair. She travels to any wilderness she can get to as often as possible. She has seen jaguars in the wilds of Brazil, alligators in the Everglades, and toucans and iguanas in Central America. Leaving behind civilization to catch a glimpse of her beloved wildlife is a yearly goal. She also reads extensively in anthropology, history, nutrition, health, ocean life, and World Cup soccer (OK, that last one not very extensively, but it only comes once every four years).