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Alma: and How She Got Her Name    by Juana Martinez-Neal Amazon.com order for
Alma
by Juana Martinez-Neal
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Candlewick, 2018 (2018)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Juana Martinez-Neal's Alma: and How She Got Her Name is a charming picture book about how children are often named after forebears, and the family connections - and stories - tied to those names.

Alma thinks her name - Alma Sofia Esperanza Josť Pura Candela - is too long, and complains to her Daddy. So he tells her the story of her name, and of the people who shared it. There's grandmother Sofia who loved books; great-grandmother Esperanza whose only son crossed the seven seas; grandfather Josť, an artist; great-aunt Pura who believed her spirit would watch over Alma; and her other grandmother Candela, who stood up for what was right.

With each account of a forebear, Alma takes ownership of that part of her long name. But what about her first name? Daddy says, 'You are the first and the only Alma. You will make your own story.'

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