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, Cultural

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...
  • AleJandra
    5 STARS Que hermosa historia, que enseña a los niños a conectar con sus antepasados, con sus raíces, que aunque no siempre las puedan ver, están presentes y son parte de ellos. De los mejores libros infantiles del 2019. La Edición en español mantiene el mismo ritmo que la narrativa en inglés, que es algo bastante raro cuando se trata de ediciones traducidas, pero esta me encanto. Sin duda me dejan muchas ganas de conseguir la versión en f...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. Alma Sofia Esperanza Josi Pura Candela worries about her long name until her father tells her family stories, one for each person she's named after. The illustrations are soft and gently sweet, showing the distinctive essence of each ancestor and the affections between Alma and ...
  • Laura Harrison
    Warm, endearing artwork. Important story about family names and heritage.
  • Mary Lee
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this and will add it to my stack of books for exploring names at the beginning of the year!
  • Kaethe
    Just lovely. The concept, the art, the text. It all works together beautifully.And also it has the daughter sitting with her father in that platonic ideal of a reading chair.Library copy.
  • Beth
    A beautiful story about the importance of names and how they shape our identity.
  • Peacegal
    Many people in Spanish speaking countries have very long family names. This sweet book offers children a sense of history as they explore what their names might mean, and their own family tree.
  • KC
    Darling tale of how Alma got her name.
  • Danielle
    Not only is the story uplifting, but the illustrations are gorgeous graphite pencils and soft pastels.
  • Abigail
    Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela thinks that her name is too long, and complains to her father that it doesn't "fit." He sits her down and tells her the stories of all the family members she is named after, from her grandmother Sofia to her great-aunt Pura, and as she comes to appreciate these ancestors, Alma becomes more appreciative of her name. In the end, her father tells her that her first name, Alma, is hers alone...Although author/i...
  • Joy (joyous reads)
    This is such a wonderful story about the history of a little girl's full name. Alma Esperanza Jose Pura Candela. Nowadays, the names of our kids hardly reflect our heritage. I know my kids' names don't have any history to speak of. We chose their names for the simple reasons that we liked them. I think it's beautiful when your child asks you where their name came from and you can tell them a short history about it.
  • Chance Lee
    Absolutely gorgeous artwork. The carefully chosen color palette and soft pencil drawings create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for this story about a young girl's name. The book does a nice job of explaining to Alma the history of her name and to people from other cultures who may not understand why certain people have such long names.
  • 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.
  • Racheal
    A little girl thinks her name is too long (Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela) until her dad tells her about each of her namesakes. What a sweet variation on a common theme, with lovely, dreamy illustrations that were pretty unique. Very well structured, too! :)
  • 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.
  • Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
    Umm this is so sweet..I was reading it to my eight month old and teared up so.. Yeah.. Lol
  • Sara Cook
    Sweet illustrations and a lovely story of the history of Alma's long name. Would be great to start a name unit for a classroom.
  • Becky
    First sentence: Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela had a long name--too long, if you asked her. "My name is so long, Daddy. It never fits," Alma said. "Come here," he said. "Let me tell you the story of your name. Then you decide if it fits."Premise/plot: After Alma hears the story of her name will she change her mind? This picture book celebrates families and individuality. Also storytelling.My thoughts: I love, love, love the premise of thi...
  • Ms. B
    Super cute story about how a little girl ends up with five middle names! It kind of reminded me of the 1974 Caldecott Honor Tikki Tikki Tembo which also featured a child with a many names.
  • Jody
    This is a story about how all of us got our names. Connect this with a little family history research--get the posterity started young learning about and remembering their ancestors. Family stories! Nothing richer.
  • Liz
  • Nancy Kotkin
    With a string of six names, Alma is unhappy with her very long name, until her father explains how her various names reflect her family history. Alma realizes that each of her family members, who are apparently all deceased now, are all a part of her, and her name fits her very well after all.Illustrations are a soft gray-scale with touches of pink and muted blue. The homey art style reflects the themes of the story.
  • Maria
    A sweet, short book that makes a child think about how she or he was named.Also made my daughter start to think about eventually choosing another name to add ... on her Confirmation! :-)