07/02/2021 / Review

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

Alma may be a little girl, but she makes a big discovery that forever changes the way she feels about her name. 
Little Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela felt her name was too long. One day she tells her father that her name "never fits". Her father asks her to listen as he tells her the story of each one of her names and then decide how she feels about her name. What follows is a simple, yet heartwarming story of how each name was lovingly given to Alma. Her family history unfolds with each name. Alma and How She Got Her Name is a wonderful story that offers a chance for readers of any age to reflect upon the story of their own name.  

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Kathleen Palmieri

Kathleen Palmieri is a National Board Certified Teacher, a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Learning Facilitator, and a fifth grade educator in upstate New York. She reviews professional texts and writes education articles for Middleweb. As a writer with a passion for pedagogy, Kathleen's focus is on education practices and strategies, as well as her own experiences as an educator. She has presented at math conferences, writing workshops, actively collaborates in literacy projects, and networks globally.