Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Alma thinks her name is entirely too long! When she writes it out on paper, she needs to tape two pieces together. Her name? Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela. A mouthful, right?
But then her father explains to her the story of why each name was chosen: who is Sofia, and what she meant to him, and why he included it in her daughter's name, and Alma embraces that name.
And who is Esperanza.... and Jose....and so on.
The illustrations are beautiful; the story is sweet; and it is all about learning more about yourself, about your heritage, and being proud of it.
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