Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Alma and How She Got Her Name

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 gra...

Details Alma and How She Got Her Name

TitleAlma and How She Got Her Name
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherCandlewick Press
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Family

Reviews Alma and How She Got Her Name

  • Danielle
    It all starts with a name, Alma's long name. And then a conversation with her father, tracing each part of her name that belonged to someone in her family tree. Each name that connects her to the past and to her family and to her current and future self. I love the structure of the book, the way sweet Alma peeks into and enters the past on every other spread, the colors—blue for history and pink for present—and all the facial expressions of t...
  • Jillian Heise
    I am in 💖 with this picture book! Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela is adorable, even if her name is a mouthful. The story is so sweet as her father teaches her about the ancestors who she is named after, and why he chose those names for her. A story about identity, pride, and family, all combined with the stunning illustrations of Martinez-Neal is a must-share in the classroom. Bonus: Spanish version will be released simultaneously with...
  • Kate Olson
    @candlewickpress #partner This is the sweet story of how Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela got her name, told to her by her father, and it is absolutely fabulous. It will be available in both English and Spanish editions, although the English version does also include some Spanish words on signs in the book. The author's note about her own LONG name and how she despaired over it while growing up in Lima, Peru before growing to love it later ...
  • Becky
    I LOVE this book! Alma and How She Got Her Name written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal shares the story of sweet, little Alma. The story begins with her spelling out Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela and complaining to her father about the many parts of her name. Her dad sits her down and shares the story of each part of her name and offers her the opportunity to understand the history of her name. Juana Martinez-Neal uses pinks, gr...
  • Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
    I had to flip through this book a few times and could do it many more times and still get enjoyment. The art has so many interesting layers and details, I kept wanting to look back at it and study it. Martinez-Neal has a very interesting sketchbook-like style. I love the way she sparingly incorporates color and also the way she creates the old photos of people from the MC Alma's family. There is a scrapbook/photo album feel to the way she incorpo...
  • KC
    Darling tale of how Alma got her name.
  • Baby Bookworm
    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!Hello, friends! Our book today is Alma And How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal, a wonderful tale of a little girl with a very big – and very special – name.Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has a very long name, so long that it often doesn’t fit when she tries to write it out. She tells her father, who sits her down and promi...
  • Julie Kirchner
    This is a fantastic book about the importance of names and where they come from. So many times I hear kids making fun of names or kids saying it’s okay when their names are mispronounced. This book celebrates every part of Alma’s name and where it comes from. A wonderful story with lovely illustrations.
  • Beth
    A beautiful story about the importance of names and how they shape our identity.
  • Mary Lee
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this and will add it to my stack of books for exploring names at the beginning of the year!
  • Ireadkidsbooks
    A simple conversation between a father and daughter, but a strong message about identity. The blurred lines and gentle palette of the illustrations soften the overall tone, but don't be lulled into thinking this is anything other than a powerful lesson in cultural heritage and pride.
  • Linda
    Oh, I wish I had had this wonderful book when I was teaching. Often, I suggested that students research and write about their names. There are other great books that tell about names, like The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi and one chapter of The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, and this one is a very special one. Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! She is shown trying to fit her name on a piece of paper that ...
  • J.
    This is a lovely, heartwarming picture book with beautiful illustrations. I love how it also teaches you about naming traditions without seeming didactic or heavy-handed. Hooray!
  • Shanda McCloskey
    ALMA and How She Got Her Name is a really cool book to be out there! A beautiful and sweet celebration of who we came from and how that combination created a unique you!
  • Missy
    This book was made for me, Melissa Elisabeth Maria Bernadette. Every year on my birthday, my mother would tell me how she exclaimed, "Melissa, Melissa, Melissa!" when she saw me. She always called my brother Peter Gerard, when a simple Pete sufficed for everyone else. Names were a big deal in my family. There were stories behind each of our multiple names. And we knew those stories. Each of Alma's 6 names has a story -- a person -- behind it. And...
  • Amanda
    4 1/2 starsNames have power! Couple that with these gorgeous illustrations and a story that shoots stars and you have a winner!
  • Erin
    I read the Spanish version of this and loved it! A really sweet read.
  • Cynthia
    Lovely book! Alma wants to know why she has such a long name, and her father explains, telling her about her ancestors. Melodic, soft and sweet.
  • Abby
    Really cute, great sense of connection with family and culture. Love the author's afterword.
  • Mary Librarian
    Shares the history a family name can have.From advance reader copy.
  • Michele Knott
    Beautiful story - love the conversation about writing/making your own story.
  • Mary Ann
    Oh how I love this book. As one young reader told me, “it makes me want to learn more about my own name.” Alma helps us all feel like we are special for being unique. Brava!!!
  • Cathy Mealey
    ALMA is the book title, but the inquisitive heroine’s full name is Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela. The how and why of the stories behind each and every name unfold in delightful, engaging ways after Alma complains that her name is “too long” and “never fits.” In fact, Alma must tape an extra piece of paper to her page to accommodate all six!When Alma’s father sits her down to explain the rich history of the names she bears, A...
  • B Pastore
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway!I loved this book!!! It is so sweet and certainly the basis for many special conversations with little ones about how and why they were named after the special people they have been.This book reminds me of a special song by Debbie Friedman - that talks about standing on the shoulders of the ones that came before us.Juana Martinez-Neal shares through sweet Alma the names of the people she was named after and...
  • Sandy
    Really enjoyed this one and made me think about the meaning behind my own name :) Frustrated by how long her name is, Alma asks that her father explain the reasoning behind it. Then Alma's father explains the history behind each of her given names which reveal the family members and their respective histories and memories. It was heartwarming to read about how each of Alma's names were inspired by her relatives (both men and women) that were arti...
  • Jen Betton
    I've loved Juana Martinez-Neal's illustrations for some time, and was so excited to see Alma, her debut book as an author as well as illustrator. This little girl has a very long name, but as her father explains the stories of the people who she was named after, she finds her name fits her perfectly - she loves flowers, drawing, traveling... just like her namesakes. The story concludes with a discussion of her first name - Alma - and how it's uni...
  • PoligirlReads
    Oh this is too delightful. It's a charming, soft book, perfect for gentle reading. There's no flashy colors or manic imagery, nothing that looks computer generated; just soothing text and images.The illustrations are almost too much to handle. They are so precious and so detailed that you see something new upon each read. Keep reading to the last page, where the author reveals the history of her name (and the motivation for this book) and then in...
  • Karen Abbott
    Alma thinks that her name is too long. It doesn't fit her, she tells her Dad. He tells her the story behind each part of her name. Her adventurous world traveling grandmother, her spiritual Aunt, and more. How each name represents an important part of her heritage and to her own personality. In the end Alma knows that her name is just right, and that she will have a beautiful story of her own.Enough cannot be said about the beauty in this little ...