Alma and How She Got Her Name Book
Alma and How She Got Her Name Book
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Alma and How She Got Her Name

Written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Published by Candlewick Press


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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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  • Age Range: 4-8
  • Pages: 32
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2018
  • ISBN: 0763693553
  • ISBN 13: 978-0763693558
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