How did Alma Sofia Esperanza Josâe Pura Candela end up with such a long name? As Daddy tells the story of her many names, Alma can almost feel herself grow into them.
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.
--Booklist (starred review)