Monday, June 3, 2019

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal - ADVISABLE

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal.  PICTURE BOOK. Candlewick Press, 2018. $16. 978-0-7636-93558



 Alma has a very long name, and doesn't understand why. Her father teaches her where each of her 6 names were chosen from. He tells her about each person she was named after, which helps her to see her genealogy. She can see and compare similar interests she has with interests those from her past have had. Her first name, Alma, was not a name that came from someone else. Her father explains that she is the first Alma, and can now create her own story.

Alma and How She Got Her Name is soft in its looks, and has very little color, but is still inviting. It approaches the topic of genealogy and importance of learning and cherishing our heritage quite well. It is an excellent story to help children understand that they are made-up of their past, but also that they can become whoever they would like to be and be unique.

Reviewer: SL

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