About My Name Is Leona:
"If you like your name, hurrah! If you don’t like your name, don’t fret.
Turns out you’re in pretty good company.
As it happens for the little girl in this heartwarming story, sometimes people have a change of heart. Leona tells us right off the bat that she doesn’t like her name. She does her very best to understand this name, but she can’t. It isn’t even on the family tree! Like the author, Leona never names her dolls or stuffed animals – it’s just too difficult to decide on the right name! – and vows to change her name when she grows up.
Naming her pet goldfish offers a whole new challenge, and the trouble doesn’t end when Leona finds herself torn between two names while trying to name her cat. As it dawns on Leona that choosing the right name is hard to do, she goes to the source. Finally she realizes that her own name is special – as special as she is – and that it was picked “on purpose, with love, and deliberately!” In fact, every name in this story was selected with the utmost care.
“Leona” was the name of the author’s beloved grandmother, and even the alternate names Leona tries out are the names of the author’s daughters, mother, mother-in-law, sisters, and her other grandmother. Charming and sweet, this story reveals just exactly how Leona learns to love her name and the many mishaps she experiences as she comes to realize that choosing one, for herself or someone else, is anything but easy."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carol Gahara Harris disliked her name as a child. While the idea of this book grew out of her childhood dislike of her name, when she was 12, she decided 'Carol' was a great name and has loved it ever since. My Name Is Leona is the culmination of a lifelong dream to publish a children's book and is hopefully the first of several books to come. Carol is a native of Michigan and has two grown daughters who adore their names!
We thought My Name Is Leona was quite the cute book. Leona is the most adorable little girl with her dark brown hair and big brown eyes, you can't help but fall in love with her! My girls loved the illustrations and the rhyming throughout the book! Overall this is a great book and has been added to our favorites!