Alma and How She Got Her Name

by Juana Martinez-Neal
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    • Grades: PreK - 2
    • Ages: 4 - 7
    Caldecott Honor
    • Format: Paperback Book
      Paperback Book
Short Summary
This little girl’s many names (six!) connect her to her ancestors and their amazing stories.

Good For:
Unforgettable Award-Winner, Wise and Tender Read-Aloud, Emotionally Rich Illustrations, Exploring Family, Conversation Starters

Topics and Themes:
Family History, Names, Lineages of Love

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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 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.
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Product Details

    • Grades: PreK - 2
    • Ages: 4 - 7
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 8 7/16" x 8 1/16"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-60983-7