ISBN: 0763693553
EAN13: 9780763693558
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 10, 2018
Pages: 32
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

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 Jos' 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; Jos', 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.

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   Culturally-Responsive and PERFECT for beginning of year!
I've read the entire story, and I love it. It's a perfect story for the beginning of the year and for building community, he said. The Kindle version of the book works beautifully with the Kindle App on my laptop.
 
5
   A story about learning who you are and where you come from.
Loved the book. I've always loved the story and the illustrations. This story is so heartwarming about a young lady learning about where she has come from through her ancestors, said Dr. Chester Floyd, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
5
   A Great Back to School Book
Naming is such an important component of our identity. Learning the history or story of her name helps her develop her pride in having so many names. I use this story to teach my students about their names at the beginning of the school year and it is always a favorite class. It's a great way to spark a conversation with parents about how they chose their child's name, he said.
 
5
   Perfection
An instant classic. From the illustrations by Robert Penne, the story of Alma's ancestry flows. What a great way to start the school year, said Christina Trapdoor, assistant principal at the elementary school. Buy this little masterpiece of a book. And I'll be buying more copies to give to my friends who need them!
 
3
   Just ok
I bought this book because it was recommended to me by a teacher friend as a back-to-school-read-aloud. I would say it's a cute book for a one-on-one reading, but I'd check it out from the library instead of buying it. I have a largely hispanic community so I was eager to get this book on my shelf, but it didn't have anything special, aside from hispanic names, in that regard.
 
5
   This is a sweet story with a super lovable main character and absolutely ...
This book starts with the line, "Alma Sofia Esparanza Jose Pura Candela had a long name that was too long for you." But once she learns where each of the pieces of her name come from, and the traits she shares with her ancestors, she is proud to carry their name. This is a sweet story with a super lovable main character and absolutely beautiful illustrations, said Simon.
 
5
   It is nice and simple and sweet
The cover of this book is so thin it doesn't really convey the depth and quality of the illustrations. It's nice and simple and sweet, but collects so many characters in Alma's family history, that a story about a dad telling his child the history of her names can span generations and be as varied as four or five different kinds of characters, even if it's just for a moment, before returning to sweet Alma. It's going to be storybook star... at least to picture book nerds like me.
 
5
   This is a beautiful book! Children will enjoy hearing about how the ...
This is a beautiful book, said Barbara Comstock, co-publisher of HarperCollins. This book tells the story of how the main character got her very long name by accident. In this book, author Juana Martinez-Neal uses colorful illustrations to highlight the story of each of the ancestors for Alma. The book's introductory chapter provides an excellent starting point for discussion of family traditions, ancestors, and the power of names.
 
5
   A must-read, must-buy book
I've read all the books, and I love this one. It wraps you up in the individual stories of Alma by giving them all the same name. Soft and shimmery graphite and colored pencils create a picture of the writer's world. You can feel the comfort of her father's lap as he tells her stories of her ancestors. In a generous gesture of compassion, Schwarzenegger tells her she has her own story to tell.
 
5
   My class gave it two thumbs up, and I agree!
Beautifully illustrated by Pauley, this is a great book for young readers. The illustrations by Pauley are simple and elegant, setting a nice tone for the book. Some knew the story of their name, but others just became curious. It also made my class think about what traits they want to be used to describe themselves, and what their story is and will be.
 
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