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What's in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from and who she may one day be.If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza Jos Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; Jos, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names....

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ISBN : 9780763693558
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 pages
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Alma and How She Got Her Name Reviews

  • Mary Librarian

    Shares the history a family name can have.

    From advance reader copy.

  • Cathy Mealey

    ALMA is the book title, but the inquisitive heroine’s full name is Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela. The how and why of the stories behind each and every name unfold in delightful, engaging ways after Alma complains that her name is “too long” and “never fits.” In fact, Alma must tape an extra piece of paper to her page to accommodate all six!

    When Alma’s father sits her down to explain the rich history of the names she bears, Alma’s incredible imagination brings them to life. Aided by fami
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  • Kate Olson

    @candlewickpress #partner This is the sweet story of how Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela got her name, told to her by her father, and it is absolutely fabulous. It will be available in both English and Spanish editions, although the English version does also include some Spanish words on signs in the book. The author's note about her own LONG name and how she despaired over it while growing up in Lima, Peru before growing to love it later on in the US is a wonderful addition to the story. ...more

  • J.

    This is a lovely, heartwarming picture book with beautiful illustrations. I love how it also teaches you about naming traditions without seeming didactic or heavy-handed. Hooray!

  • Ireadkidsbooks

    A simple conversation between a father and daughter, but a strong message about identity. The blurred lines and gentle palette of the illustrations soften the overall tone, but don't be lulled into thinking this is anything other than a powerful lesson in cultural heritage and pride.

  • Baby Bookworm



    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!

    Hello, friends! Our book today is Alma And How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal, a wonderful tale of a little girl with a very big – and very special – name.

    Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has a very long name, so long that it often doesn’t fit when she tries to write it out. She tells her father, who sits her down and promises to explain what her name means, then she can decide i
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  • Vivian

    Alma is dismayed by the six names she has, all of which won't fit on lines provided on forms. Her father offers to tell her how she came to be given each name and when he is finished she is very happy with her many names.

    This story provides a wonderful opening for telling your child about his or her name, or finding out what you can about your own. The secret to this story, though, is that Alma's first name does not have a story. She gets to create the story which will turn her name into a legac
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  • Becky

    I LOVE this book! Alma and How She Got Her Name written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal shares the story of sweet, little Alma. The story begins with her spelling out Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela and complaining to her father about the many parts of her name. Her dad sits her down and shares the story of each part of her name and offers her the opportunity to understand the history of her name.

    Juana Martinez-Neal uses pinks, grays, blacks and blues to delicately illustrate this
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