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

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

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This book is a very short and sweet story about a girl who does not understand her name. Her father sits her down to explain why her name is so long and the history behind it. He explained that each name is tied to a relative, and that each of those relatives can teach her something. My favorite was great-aunt Pura, who believed that the dead never left. The following page shows the little girl, Alma, saying hello to her departed great-aunt Pura. After the father explained each relative, Alma would chime in saying how she was similar to them in some way. By the end of the story, Alma felt that her name fit her perfectly. 

I would definitely highly recommend this for anyone to read. It is a beautiful way of showing how people can receive their names and the history behind it. Understanding the history behind one’s name is so important and special. It makes you feel connected to relatives that you may have never met, and feel a sense of family within the name. I also think this book is wonderfully illustrated. The pictures are more simplistic and soft, but still tell a wonderful message. Overall another one of my favorite books.

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