My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?

My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?

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by Jennifer Fosberry, Mike Litwin
     
 

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New York Times Bestseller!

Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?
Ask Isabella...
She takes a wild ride-and discovers the sky's the limit!

"This story...speaks frankly about self-identity and self affirmation as Isabella decides at the end that she is actually herself...because she possesses the best parts of all of the women

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New York Times Bestseller!

Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?
Ask Isabella...
She takes a wild ride-and discovers the sky's the limit!

"This story...speaks frankly about self-identity and self affirmation as Isabella decides at the end that she is actually herself...because she possesses the best parts of all of the women she looks up to."
-ForeWord Magazine

"The colorful mixed-media artwork reinforces the fanciful, upbeat tone of the book. Use this story to ignite young readers' interest in women's history."
-School Library Journal

Who Is Your Hero?

Isabella's include U.S. Astronaut Sally Ride, activist Rosa Parks, and sharpshooter Annie Oakley-but there's no bigger hero than Isabella's own mommy!

Join Isabella on an adventure of discovery-and find out how imagining to be these extraordinary women teaches her the importance of being her extraordinary self.

A rollicking read-aloud and terrific "read-to-myself" story, My Name Is Not Isabella is capturing hearts and awards, including:

  • Silver ForeWord Book of the Year Award for Picture Books
  • Gold Moonbeam Children's Book Award
  • Gold Independent Publisher Book Award
  • Amelia Bloomer List

Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned children's book writer. Until recently, she worked as a project manager in Silicon Valley in the high-tech electronic field. She currently divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Costa Rica with her husband and three children.

Mike Litwin combines a variety of media to create scenes that serve the imagination and education of women. A graduate of the East Carolina University School of Art and Design, he plays both designer and illustrator with an often wacky, always delightful style that uniquely blends playful innocence with devilish mischief. Illustrating and telling stories for children is his passion, his entertainment, and his dream. He currently lives in Greenville, North Carolina, with his wife and three daughters.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this picture book, first published by Monkey Barrel Press in 2008, young Isabella isn't having an identity crisis--she's having an identity field day. When her mother greets her good morning, she responds with the book's title (and its refrain), adding, "I am Sally , the greatest, toughest, astronaut who ever was!" Throughout the day, Isabella assumes the roles of other "greatest" heroines: breakfast prompts an Annie Oakley reverie; a school bus ride puts her in the shoes of Rosa Parks. Litwin overworks the fuzzy, staticky textures of his mixed- media illustrations to the point of distraction, and it's a little disappointing that none of debut author Fosberry's role models is of especially recent vintage--Marie Curie and Elizabeth Blackwell appear as her science and medicine superwomen. But the exuberance of the text and typography, coupled with Isabella's force of personality, ensures that the pages fly along, largely and blessedly free of the earnestness that plagues so many "girls can do anything" books. Ages 3–8. (Sept.)
Mommy's Memorandum
"A tremendous book."
Amanda's Favs
"A great story for little girls!"
New Age Mama
"The perfect book to teach young girls about the inner strength of their gender."
BabyCenter
"It's the kind of book that can open a little girl's mind up to a world of new stories simply by letting her explore all the possibilities."
From the Publisher
""Whether you eat breakfast with your child tomorrow morning, or a facsimile with a different name, that child will love this book. Pick up a copy of "My Name is Not Isabella" for your little Great Pretender."" - Cape Cod Times

""Whether you eat breakfast with your child tomorrow morning, or a facsimile with a different name, that child will love this book. Pick up a copy of "My Name is Not Isabella" for your little Great Pretender."" - Tri-State Defender

""My Name Is Not Isabella is capturing hearts."" - Family Corner

""My Name Is Not Isabella is a charming story that encourages little girls to dream big! It will spark their imagination and jumpstart discussions about heroes, careers, history, and more."" - Susan Heim on Parenting

""It is not only was cute, but that it actually taught the children about 6 different women who made an impact on the history of the USA."" - The Fashionable Bambino

""This book definitely sends the message to even the youngest of girls that they have the power to become whoever they want to be, whether it be with the use of their imagination or even later on in life."" - Multi-Testing Mommy

""My Name is Not Isabella is quite a find...A sense of history, originality and fun run through the whole book making it a real enjoyable read."" - Mummy's Product Reviews

""A heartwarming story that empowers young girls to realize their true capabilities while it also inspires them to let their own personalities shine."" - Peekabookpicks

""Its positive message teaches them that anyone, girls or boys, can do what they dream of doing, if they work hard, never give up and allow themselves to dream BIG."" - Amazing Kids Magazine

""We've already read the book several times and they still can't enough so we'd definitely recommend checking it out."" - Black and Married with Kids

""An amazing storybook that encapsulates the wonderment of childhood and endless imagination."" - Cafe of Dreams

""This book empowers children to realize their true capabilities, while still letting their own personality radiate."" - One Momma Saving Money

""My Name is Not Isabella is a book that can teach little girls of all ages that they truly can be what ever they want to be from Astronaut, to Doctor, to Scientist, and even a loving Mommy."" - Jessica Loves to Save Money

""A great read for kids...it's educational but fun!"" - Sparkling Reviews

""Jennifer Fosberry creates a tolerant mother and ambitious daughter who keeps changing her name in My Name Is Not Isabella."" - San Francisco Chronicle

""A little girl decides to be many amazing women in history — all in one day. She tells her mom she's not Isabella, but instead she's Sally, a great astronaut; Annie a fast sharp-shooter; Marie, a smart scientist; and other fabulous women. Information about the women Isabella admires are presented in more detail at the back of the book and this title is sure to spark discussions of important women in history and the importance of being yourself." - National Parenting Publications Awards" - NAPPA

""I adore how Fosberry deftly weaves the personas of Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, and Elizabeth Blackwell into Isabella's imaginative day."" - Lieberry List

""Fosberry provides readers with the utmost basic of information - a first name and one simple word that gives a very broad overview of the role these different women played in history - basic enough that it will allow children to use their "thinking caps" to make inferences (guesses) about what the role they believe these women might have played."" - Katie's Literature Lounge

"My kids and I love this book." - A Little of This and A Little of That

"This book is perfect for girls in the 4 to 8 year old range, although I do have to say that I enjoy this book just as much as my 2 year old baby girl does!" - Musing Maine-iac

""A little girl decides to be many amazing women in history-all in one day."" - LA Parent

""As a little girl, I dreamed of being all kinds of things, and little Isabella does too in this inspiring book."" - Atlanta Parent

"As Isabella reinvents herself in the image of Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, and other heroic women, her mother encourages her dreams while keeping her daily routine on track.
" - Scholastic Parent and Child

"This would be a great holiday gift for any little girl! I would recommend My Name Is Not Isabella by: Jennifer Fosberry to any parent with little girls." - Bzzing Mom

"Fosberry's light, deft take makes each scene a romp rather than a lesson, and she includes biographies at the back for the kids (and parents) who get hooked and want to know more." - Squidalicious

"This book is a gem of a children's book and is a fun read-aloud story." - San Francisco Book Review

"A charming book about a little girl on an imaginary trip through history, pretending to be some of the greatest women who ever lived, encouraged by her ever-present mom." - Charlotte Parent

"Creative use of graphics and colorful illustrations, draw the reader into Isabella's world." - Charlotte Parent

Kirkus Reviews

The title phrase is what this purple-haired little girl says when her mother awakens her, because Isabella is Sally this morning, "the greatest, toughest astronaut who ever was!" When mother calls her "Sally" at breakfast, though, the girl announces that she's Annie, the "fastest sharp-shooter." It's Rosa the activist who waits for the bus and Marie the scientist who eats the cookies mother has made for her after school. Elizabeth the doctor relaxes in the bubble bath, and then the child announces that she, Isabella, is "Mommy, the greatest, sweetest mother who ever was!" One-paragraph bios of Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Blackwell and "Mommy" appear at the end (the Mommy bio is rather egregious). It's difficult to suss out the story, though. While it's nifty that Isabella imagines herself to be these great women, her mother's entire efforts are bent to taking care of Isabella, from hot breakfast to hot bubblebath. If that's what she aspires to be in the end, it's both solipsistic and philosophically tenuous and leaves readers young and older unengaged. (bibliography) (Picture book. 5-8)

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

"Good morning, Isabella," says a mother to her daughter. "My name is not Isabella!" says the child. She is Sally, the "greatest, toughest astronaut who ever was!" At breakfast she becomes Annie the sharpshooter, and then Rosa on the bus ride to school. When she gets home that afternoon, she is Marie, the scientist; then Elizabeth, the doctor; Mommy, the greatest mother; and, finally, Isabella again. She falls asleep thinking about who she will become tomorrow. Throughout the day, the mother good-humoredly encourages her daughter's flights of imagination. The repetitive text, while somewhat contrived, serves to drive home the message that girls can do and be anything they want. The inclusion of motherhood in the list of worthwhile occupations is refreshing. The colorful mixed-media artwork reinforces the fanciful, upbeat tone of the book. An appendix gives more information on the lives and careers of all the women alluded to, and a list of works consulted presents opportunities for further research. Use this story to ignite young readers' interest in women's history.-Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402243950
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Isabella Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
109,280
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

From My Name is not Isabella

"Good morning, Isabella," the mother said. "It's time to getup and out of bed."

"My name is not Isabella!" said the little girl.

"Then who has been sleeping in my daughter's bed?" asked the mother.

"I am SALLY, the greatest, toughest astronaut who ever was!"

"Well, Sally, BLAST out of bed, put on your space suit and come downstairs for breakfast."

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Meet the Author

Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned children's book writer. Until recently, she worked as a project manager in Silicon Valley in the high-tech electronics field. She currently divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Costa Rica with her husband and three children.

Mike Litwin is an award-winning illustrator who combines oil glazing, color pencil, collage, and other mixed media to create scenes that serve the imagination and education of children.

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My Name Is Not Isabella 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
reginamay More than 1 year ago
Both of my daughters love this book, They can't get enough of it !
Alayne-Kay-Christian More than 1 year ago
Can a little girl be an astronaut, sharp-shooter, and scientist? Isabella can, and she can do that and more all in one day. Although this book seems to be a little over my four-year-old granddaughter's head, she still loves it and asks to read it over and over. I think she enjoys taking it all in. I can almost see her little brain cogs turning as we flip through the pages. She likes the repetitiveness of "My name is not . . ." and the suspense of who the little girl will be next. The action-filled illustrations set a nice pace as the reader watches Isabella imagine her way through the day. I like what Mike Litwin does with the illustrations of Isabella's mother. He clearly works through Isabella's eyes. Even though the illustrations only reveal the mother's face once, her presence is felt throughout the book via illustrations from Isabella's perspective. The mom asks questions on every other page such as, "Then who has been sleeping in my daughters bed?" and "Then who will eat this fine breakfast I cooked?" My granddaughter likes the playful interaction between Isabella and her mother. I'm not sure which she enjoys more: When Isabella says, "I am Mommy . . . ." or when the story comes full circle and Isabella snuggles up under her blankets. Now, back to the book being over my granddaughter's head. She overheard my daughter and me talking about how cool it is that Jennifer Fosberry includes short blurbs on each famous woman, including Mommy, in the back of the book. The next time my granddaughter and I read the book, she went to the back pages and asked, "What does it say about the women?"
MagsOH More than 1 year ago
This beautiful book highlights the accomplishments of women throughout history in a quick, pattern style layout. It's a great read for all and especially recommended for moms and daughters to read together. It's a great book to use in the classroom as well.
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Great books for kids. Love the exposure to famous/important historical figures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was soo funny bacause she cept changing ho she was lol :-)
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Kristal Kaidasz More than 1 year ago
I am 6 years old and I love this book, you should buy it!
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'My Name is Not Isabella' is a lovely little dialogue between a mother and daughter, wherein the daughter imagines herself as many different historical figures. It is almost in verse form, with a repetitive structure that will make it a favorite during many bedtime rituals - and the bonus section at the end with biographical information on all of the women referenced (including mom - SUCH a sweet touch) boosts the educational content and is a catalyst for further discussions with older children. The illustrations are dynamic, with many subtle touches that enhance the message. Not just for girls, the message is a wonderful one for all children about having the confidence to be all you can imagine. It's my daughter's new favorite!
Denise Miller More than 1 year ago
it should not be 17 bucks. get it at the library its not worth it
Vivian Flora More than 1 year ago
blech!!!!!!!!!!!