by Juana Martinez-Neal
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.
Alma and How She Got Her Name
About The Author
Juana Martinez-Neal is the daughter and granddaughter of painters. She started her story in Lima, Peru, and then moved to the United States. Juana Martinez-Neal is still writing the story of her life, with the help of her husband and three children, in Arizona.
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publish Date: April 2018
Page Count: 32
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Juvenile Fiction > Family - Multigenerational
- People & Places - Caribbean & Latin America
- Social Themes - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance