Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre


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  • EDITORIAL: Candlewick Press
  • FECHA DE PUBLICACIÓN: Abril 10, 2018
  • AUTORA: Juana Martinez-Neal
  • ILUSTRADORA: Juana Martinez-Neal
  • EDAD: 4-8, 32 páginas
  • ISBN: 978-0-7636-9358-9 (Spanish Hardcover)

¿Que existe detrás de un nombre? Para una niñita, su nombre muy largo cuenta la historia vibrante de dónde viene y quién podrá ser.

En su primer libro ilustrado como escritora e ilustradora, Juana Martinez-Neal ofrece un cofre de tesoros para todo niño interesado en la historia de su nombre o su historia de origen.

★ Kids’ IndieNext TOP 10 Spring 2018

★ A Junior Library Guild Primary Spanish Selection


Publishers Weekly:

★ Martinez-Neal’s first outing as an author is a winner—her (…) pencil drawings (…) teem with emotional intimacy. It’s an origin story that envelopes readers like a hug. —Starred review


★ Martinez-Neal brings her gentle story to life through beautiful graphite and colored pencil artwork, set against cream-colored backgrounds. Soft blue and red details pop against the charcoal scenes, which perfectly reflect the snapshots of Alma’s family. While Alma feels enriched by learning her family’s history, she is also empowered by the knowledge that she will give her name, Alma, its own story. —Starred review

School Library Journal:

★ The softly colored images and curvilinear shapes that embrace the figures evoke a sense of warmth and affection (…) A beautifully illustrated, tender story to be shared with all children —Starred review


Mostly monochromatic against a cream background, the illustrations (…) are delightful, capturing the distinctive essences of Alma’s many namesakes. A celebration of identity, family and belonging.

De Colores:

★ In Alma’s search for her identity, Martinez-Neal tells a gentle story of family culture and history and fills it with illustrative detail that will encourage the youngest readers to embark on their own journeys of self- and family discovery. Youngest readers (and older readers as well) will relate to “Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre” and “Alma and How She Got Her Name”, and teachers and librarians will find tons of teachable moments here. Both versions of this loving story are highly recommended. —Beverly Slapin

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