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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402243950
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Series: Isabella Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 181,756
Product dimensions: 11.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: AD440L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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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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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My Name Is Not Isabella 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 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.
Kourtlin.Harrison on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Summary: This book is about a girl named Isabella that continually says she is a particular woman from history. In one part she says her name is Rosa, "the bravest activist who every was". She continues to change who she is throughout the day until she returns to herself when she goes to bed. Personal Reflection: I can relate to this book because when I learn about a new person, I always wonder what life was like when they were around. This curiosity is evident in children and this book shows that history can be involved in everyday life. This book brings history to life and makes it more relatable for children.Classroom Extension:1. The students could take one person from the story and find out more about their lives. They could find how they influence their lives today and the interesting things about their life. 2. The students would choose one person from history that they would want to be and find out as much information they possibly could. The teacher could have a day where they students come dressed as their historical figure and tell the class about their life.
mom2childs on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut in spaceAnnie Oakley, American sharpshooter and circus shooterRosa Parks, African-American civil rights activistMarie Curie, one of the most famous female scientistsElizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate medical school, the first woman doctorMommy, one of the loves of little Isabella's lifeThis beautifully illustrated gold and purple children's book provides 5 different history lessons for little girls ¿ and little boys who will listen. Using rhyme, a funny story, and a very adventurous little girl, whose name is only Isabella when she's not being a woman of action, Jennifer Fosberry is able to tell the story of 5 women in American history who have changed lives. And of millions of women whose job is to encourage their children, daily.In one day Isabella is able to morph into these women, and remind us, the grown-folks, of women who have paved paths, and teach children, both boys and girls, about the how a little girl's dreams can turn that little girl into a game-changing inspiration for millions of other little girls. Isabella also teaches adults, who may feel like it's too late to make a change, that's there's always time to follow your dream.I love this book.Reviewed for Arms of a Sister
Angeleyes1382 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Isabella has quite the imagination. This book is a great way to introduce your child or your students to great women in history. The message tells little girls that they can do anything they put their mind to. My students enjoyed getting to know the women in history and I learned some new things myself.
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MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
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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