Saturday, September 18, 2010
Book Review for My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? by Jennifer Fosberry
(Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Reprint edition, September 1, 2010)
My Name is Not Isabella is a 32-page hardcover picture book about a girl named Isabella who has a very interesting imagination. She loves to pretend she is someone else.
As soon as Isabella wakes up in the morning she is Sally, the greatest, toughest astronaut that ever was. Then when she goes down stairs to eat breakfast she is Annie, the greatest fastest sharpshooter that ever was. Her day continues like this up till the time she goes to bed where she is just Isabella, a combination of all of the people’s best qualities she had portrayed that day.
But what will she be tomorrow?
My Name is Not Isabella is a sweet, nicely illustrated tale that speaks of the strength and the courage of well-known women throughout history, such as Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, and Elizabeth Blackwell. These women definitely made their marks in history.
Isabella is a confident young girl who will inspire other little girls to go for their dreams, no matter how big or hard the road may be to get there. At the end of the book the author provides great information about each woman that Isabella pretends to be. My Name Is Not Isabella is a great way to start a discussion about history and to learn about historically significant figures.
The story also speaks loudly about knowing one’s self. Isabella knows who she is, and her mother understands her and encourages her to dream big. There are no limitations. This is a perfect read for young children between the ages of 4–8.
Reviewer Renee Hand is the award-winning author of The Crypto-Capers series for children. Look for her new release in the Crypto-Capers Series: Book 4: The Chest of Mystery.