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Alma and how she got her name [DVD] / text & illustration by Juana Martinez-Neal ; director, Andy T. Jones.
Title Variants:
Martinez-Neal, Juana.

Alma and how she got her name.
ISBN:
9781974936427
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Holland, OH : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2019]
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1 videodisc (8 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Iconographic.

Wide screen.
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A story about one girl and her very long name opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.
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A story about one girl and her very long name opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Her full name is Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela, and it's so long that "it never fits," as the girl explains to her father. (When she writes it on a sheet of paper, she has to tape an extra piece to the bottom.) But as Daddy explains that there's a remarkable relative behind each of her names, Alma realizes that she embodies their talents and character, and she comfortably communes with the spirits of the departed. She loves to draw like her paternal grandfather, José, and she's so inspired by her activist maternal grandmother, Candela, that she strikes the classic Norma Rae pose and declares "I am Candela!" surrounded by her stuffed animals. Best of all, Daddy concludes, she is "the first and only Alma. You will make your own story." Martinez-Neal's first outing as author is a winner-her velvety and largely monochromatic pencil drawings, punctuated with cherry red, teem with emotional intimacy. It's an origin story that envelops readers like a hug. Ages 4-8. Agent: Stefanie Von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Alma Sofia Esperanza Jos Pura Candela feels self-conscious about her long name until her father tells her about the family members after whom she is named. Use of the past tense indicates that her grandparents, a great-aunt, and a great-grandparent are deceased, but they are very much alive in Alma, who delightedly proclaims the ways in which she is like them as her father recounts their accomplishments and attributes. Straightforward text describes one ancestor who was especially spiritual and another who was an activist, one who loved books and flowers, and another who longed to travel. Throughout, grayscale print transfer illustrations have a soft visual texture, and subtle colored-pencil highlights in pinks and blues enliven each spread. The pictures end up stealing the show in their depiction of the sweet closeness between Alma and her father. They also convey a subtle, supernatural connection between Alma and her ancestors, whose images in the family photos make eye contact with her outside of her fathers awareness. Details in the illustrations also point toward specificity of the familys Peruvian heritage. An authors note reveals the story of Martinez-Neals own full name, asking readers, What is the story of your name? What story would you like to tell? Concurrently published in Spanish as Alma y cmo obtuvo su nombre. megan dowd lambert (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.