Alma and How She Got Her NameBook - 2018
A 2019 Caldecott Honor Book
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.
Baker & Taylor
When Alma Sofia Esperanza Josâe Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.
From Library Staff
GreenwichChildren Jan 29, 2019
Caldecott Honor Book
PreS-Gr 2–After complaining that her name is so long that it “never fits,” a child listens as her father shares his memories of the five relatives for whom she has been named: Sofia, Esperanza, José, Pura, and Candela. “Alma” alone belongs to the girl, to create “her own story.” Bathed in sepia t... Read More »