|This is the story of Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela and how she got such a long name. Daddy tells that Sofia was her grandmother who loved books, poetry, jasmine, and flowers. Esperanza was her great-grandmother who hoped to travel, but never did. He continues that Jose was his father who was an artist. Pura was Alma’s great-aunt who believed that the spirits of their ancestors always watched over them. Candela was her other grandmother who always stood for what was right. And Alma’s name was picked just for her so she could make her own story. The softly colored illustrations were done with graphite, colored pencils, and print transfers on handmade textured paper. The book is also published in Spanish. mjw|
|Title: Alma And How She Got Her Name
Author: Juana Martinez-Neal
Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Original Language: English
Hardcover pages: 32
Age range: 4-8
Genre: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity: Peruvian
Author’s residence: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity: Peruvian
Illustrator’s residence: U.S.
Subjects: Belonging, Identity, Multigenerational, Self-esteem and self-respect, South America