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Whatâs in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from â and who she may one day be.
If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza JosÃ© Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; JosÃ©, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all â and realizes thatÂ sheÂ will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.