Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal tells the story of Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela who thinks her name is too long. That is, until her father tells her a bit about each of the relatives she was named after. By the end, Alma knows that her name fits her just right. It is a very sweet book that prompts you to discuss with your little ones how they got their own name. Highly recommend.
Age range: 4-8
Sabine - I give this book 9 stars because I liked how Alma got her name from her ancestors. I also liked how Alma's daddy was so creative with picking her name. I liked the story about her ancestors. I think this would be a very good book for parents to read to their little kids.
Lourdes - I give this book 10 stars. I liked how Alma was so curious about how she got her name. She was like "my name is too long." And then at the end, she's says "that is my name and it fits me just right." My favorite person she was named after was Pura, because Pura believed our ancestor's spirits stay with us even after they pass away. Pura placed a red ribbon around Alma's wrist as a charm to keep her safe. I also like how at the end of each of her ancestor's stories she says "I am Esperanza" or "I am Candela" because she has something in common with each of them.