Alma and How She Got Her Name

Alma and How She Got Her Name

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 flower What's in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from ? and w...

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Title:Alma and How She Got Her Name
Author:Juana Martinez-Neal
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0763693553
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

Alma and How She Got Her Name Reviews

  • Sarah Hannah
    Mar 20, 2018
    Love the art, love the story. Definitely going on the shortlist of books for baby showers and birthdays. ...
  • Mary Lee
    Apr 14, 2018
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this and will add it to my stack of books for exploring names at the beginning of the year! ...
  • Abby
    May 01, 2018
    Really cute, great sense of connection with family and culture. Love the author's afterword. ...
  • Kaethe
    Jun 10, 2018
    Just lovely. The concept, the art, the text. It all works together beautifully. And also it has the daughter sitting with her father in that platonic ideal of a reading chair. Library copy. ...
  • Beth
    Apr 29, 2018
    A beautiful story about the importance of names and how they shape our identity. ...
  • Mary Ann
    Mar 30, 2018
    Oh how I love this book. As one young reader told me, ?it makes me want to learn more about my own name.? Alma helps us all feel like we are special for being unique. Brava!!! ...
  • Amanda
    Apr 30, 2018
    4 1/2 stars Names have power! Couple that with these gorgeous illustrations and a story that shoots stars and you have a winner! ...
  • Mary Librarian
    Oct 10, 2017
    Shares the history a family name can have. From advance reader copy. ...
  • Amy
    Oct 19, 2017
    Described by Candlewick as the story of a girl's multiple names + how she received each one. Bilingual (spanish) edition will be available simultaneous with English release. ...
  • Jillian Heise
    Nov 12, 2017
    I am in ? with this picture book! Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela is adorable, even if her name is a mouthful. The story is so sweet as her father teaches her about the ancestors who she is named after, and why he chose those names for her. A story about identity, pride, and...
  • Ro
    Jun 09, 2018
    Nuestro nombre está atado profundamente a nuestra identidad. Es la primera contestación que nos viene a la mente cuando cualquiera nos pregunta "¿Quién eres?" Alma aprende la raíz, de donde nace, cada uno de sus nombres y éste conocimiento trae consigo una nueva apreciación de s...
  • Missy
    Apr 19, 2018
    This book was made for me, Melissa Elisabeth Maria Bernadette. Every year on my birthday, my mother would tell me how she exclaimed, "Melissa, Melissa, Melissa!" when she saw me. She always called my brother Peter Gerard, when a simple Pete sufficed for everyone else. Names were a big ...
  • Linda
    Apr 03, 2018
    Oh, I wish I had had this wonderful book when I was teaching. Often, I suggested that students research and write about their names. There are other great books that tell about names, like The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi and one chapter of The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, a...
  • Cynthia
    Mar 15, 2018
    Lovely book! Alma wants to know why she has such a long name, and her father explains, telling her about her ancestors. Melodic, soft and sweet. ...
  • Michele Knott
    Mar 22, 2018
    Beautiful story - love the conversation about writing/making your own story. ...
  • Danielle
    Mar 30, 2018
    It all starts with a name, Alma's long name. And then a conversation with her father, tracing each part of her name that belonged to someone in her family tree. Each name that connects her to the past and to her family and to her current and future self. I love the structure of the...
  • KC
    Apr 25, 2018
    Darling tale of how Alma got her name. ...
  • Cathy Mealey
    Apr 25, 2018
    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...
  • Erin
    May 07, 2018
    I read the Spanish version of this and loved it! A really sweet read. ...
  • Becky
    Feb 18, 2018
    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 ...
  • Kate Olson
    Feb 22, 2018
    @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...
  • J.
    Sep 06, 2017
    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
    Dec 13, 2017
    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. ...
  • Sandy
    Apr 29, 2018
    Really enjoyed this one and made me think about the meaning behind my own name :) Frustrated by how long her name is, Alma asks that her father explain the reasoning behind it. Then Alma's father explains the history behind each of her given names which reveal the family members an...
  • Julie Kirchner
    May 05, 2018
    This is a fantastic book about the importance of names and where they come from. So many times I hear kids making fun of names or kids saying it?s okay when their names are mispronounced. This book celebrates every part of Alma?s name and where it comes from. A wonderful story with...
  • Baby Bookworm
    May 24, 2018
    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. Alm...
  • Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
    Feb 08, 2018
    I had to flip through this book a few times and could do it many more times and still get enjoyment. The art has so many interesting layers and details, I kept wanting to look back at it and study it. Martinez-Neal has a very interesting sketchbook-like style. I love the way she sparin...
  • Jen Betton
    Apr 06, 2018
    I've loved Juana Martinez-Neal's illustrations for some time, and was so excited to see Alma, her debut book as an author as well as illustrator. This little girl has a very long name, but as her father explains the stories of the people who she was named after, she finds her name fits...
  • B Pastore
    Apr 18, 2018
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! I loved this book!!! It is so sweet and certainly the basis for many special conversations with little ones about how and why they were named after the special people they have been. This book reminds me of a special song by Debbie Friedma...
  • Shanda McCloskey
    May 16, 2018
    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! ...