Story Behind A Name

Today I have a book that shares the story behind a name.  Kids love to hear the story of their birth or unique anecdotes from when they were little, they also love to know how they got their moniker.  A name is something special and understanding what makes their name so distinctively them is incredibly appealing.  In this story, we get to hear how Alma Sophia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela was chosen!

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Title: Alama and How She Got Her Namestory behind a name Alma

Author: Juana Martinez-Neal

Target: Preschool-Grade 3

What this book is about:

Alma Sophia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela is sure that her name is way too long.  However, her father shares the story of each name and why it was given to her.  Alma learns about her grandmother Sophia who loved books, just like Alma.  Alma learns about her grandfather Jose who was a painter and of course Alma woke up just this morning and drew for her father.  Her great aunt Pura tied a red ribbon around Alma’s wrist to keep her safe.  As Alma learns about all the people her name honors, she realizes that her name fits her perfectly and she learns about the wonderful history of her family.

Why I love this book:

  • Having an unusual name that was based on my Norwegian heritage, this book did speak to me in a special way.  However, even my own kids love to know why we picked their names, despite the fact that their monikers don’t veer into the unique category.  They still represent relatives we wanted to honor along with traits we saw in them.  Each child’s name tells a story of our own hopes for them, and kids love to hear about this from their parents.
  • The illustrations are absolutely charming.  Black and white illustrations with muted colors running throughout are so appealing.  Alama’s curiosity is contagious as she discovers the wonderful people for whom she is named.

Who this book is for:

I think this book will appeal to all children.  Kids will feel empowered by their names which is a wonderful thing.

Final thoughts:

Absolutely be prepared to share how you came up with your child’s name!

To purchase this book:

Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Alama and How She Got Her Name.  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.