Alma and How She Got Her Name

Alma and How She Got Her Name

by Juana Martinez-Neal

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A 2019 Caldecott Honor Book

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 José 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; José, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536205305
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,030,351
File size: 57 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Juana Martinez-Neal is the daughter and granddaughter of painters. She started her story in Lima, Peru, and then moved to the United States. The winner of a 2018 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, Juana Martinez-Neal is still writing the story of her life, with the help of her husband and three children, in Arizona.

Juana Martinez-Neal is the daughter and granddaughter of painters. Alma and How She Got Her Name and Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre are her first books as an author and illustrator. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three children.

Three things you didn’t know about Juana:
1. She loves birds.
2. She is Peruvian.
3. She loves numbering things.

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Alma and How She Got Her Name 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
NVCrittenden 7 months ago
Alma learns from her father about the relatives for whom she has been named. A rich, lovely book about having pride in yourself and in your family. I got goosebumps while I was reading about Alma. Such a beautiful book!
CathyBallouMealey More than 1 year ago
ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME is the book title, but the inquisitive heroine’s full name is Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela. 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! Soon, the how and why of the family stories behind each and every name is revealed in compelling, engaging descriptions. When Alma’s father explains the rich history of the names she bears, Alma’s incredible imagination brings them to life. Aided by family photos and icons, her father’s story reveals Alma’s namesakes and the common bonds they share. Like her grandmother Sofia, Alma adores books. Like her grandfather Jose, Alma loves to draw and paint. Candela was Alma’s activist grandmother, and aunt Pura was deeply spiritual. Alma wears delightful striped red pants, a perky red hairbow, and a red string around her left wrist. Her sweet, expressive face moves from solemn to astonished, serene to silly as she “meets” her ancestors and discovers the common bonds that they share. Martinez-Neal, recipient of the 2018 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, uses a restrained color palette and imbues the well-designed textual components with meaningful symbols. Broad, double page spreads pace the story smoothly and linger for maximum impact on each name’s meaning. The final reveal for the name “Alma” is a warm, satisfying and ultimately empowering one for the little girl who has been enriched by the love and history of her family past and present. ALMA is a tender tale, a treasure for all readers who will wonder about their own name history.
Shandamc More than 1 year ago
ALMA and How She Got Her Name is a really cool book to be out there! A beautiful and sweet celebration of who we came from and how that combination created a unique you!
ReaderWriterEducator More than 1 year ago
When my 5-year old granddaughter chose this book from my stack, we read the book, and read it again, and again. The character stuck with her as she began a sing-song chant with Alma’s full name and a few lines from the story—a sure sign that a book has touched a child. Aren’t we all fascinated to learn about our names and the family history? This tender story with irresistible illustrations is sure to inspire conversations. I’d put it right up there with my old favorites like Tikki Tikki Tembo and Chrysanthemum!
JessicaOliveros More than 1 year ago
The illustrations in this book are so gentle and sweet, the little girl Alma just darling. I love the hints of Peru throughout the book. I love the soft, pink-hued palette. It is no surprise that the creator of this book won the Pura Belpre Medal for illustration this year. The story is poignant and engaging: Alma questions her father about her very long name which she finds cumbersome. However, her father takes her through each name she carries and tells the story of those who came before her. The annoyance with her name changes to pride as well as an understanding of the legacy Alma carries in each letter of her long name. Such a wonderful book!