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Alma and How She Got Her Name (English and Spanish)

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.
Age Groups: Big Kids, Little Kids
Skills: family, Identity, names, Relationships
Author: Written and Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Discussion Questions

  • What is Alma's full name?
  • How many names does she have?
  • Why is Alma's name special?
  • What's your name?
  • What's special about your name?


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