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Alma and How She Got Her Name

Written & illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
Published by Candlewick Press
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Goodreads Rating - 4.4 / 5.0
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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 Jose 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; Jose, 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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  • “My name is so long, Daddy. It never fits,” Alma said.

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B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.5 / 7.0
Mr. Staccato
Spent many carefree hours hunting clues with the Hardy boys and defending Redwall Abbey.
5.75 / 7.0

What’s in a name? This book is all about a girl who thinks her name is too long until she learns the special meaning behind each part. It’s a cute story about family and the importance of a name.

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Who Wrote Alma and How She Got Her Name

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Juana Martinez-Neal
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Juana Martinez-Neal's Book Dedication

To Victor Nicolás Martínez Gómez, my dad

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April 1, 2018
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This book was typeset in Youbee.
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The illustrations were done in graphite, colored pencils, and print transfers on handmade textured paper.
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