Alma and How She Got Her Name
 

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Alma and How She Got Her Name

author/illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal

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.

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.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$15.99 / $21.99
isbn-10/isbn-13:
1536205303 /  9781536205305
on sale date:
04/2018
type/format:
Picture Books / EBook
age range:
4 yrs - 8 yrs
# of pages/size:
32 / N/A
grade range:
Preschool - Grade 3
 
subjects:
Fiction; Family; People & Places; Social Issues;
author’s comments:
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.
 
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