Alma and How She Got Her Name


Book Information
Rating: Outstanding
Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Juana Martinez-Neal
Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal
Publisher: Candlewick
Year: 2018
ISBN: 9780763693558
Pages: 32

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 name comes from her adventurous, world-traveling grandmother, her spiritual aunt, and more. Each name represents an important part of her heritage and 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 book. The illustrations are full of soft strokes and colors that relate to Alma's story. Page after page builds to a complete understanding and optimistic future for the precious girl. The proportions of her body are humorous and delicate at the same time, making her a very relatable friend to the reader. This is an outstanding story with lovely artwork.