My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? by Jennifer Fosberry Illustrated by Mike Litwin
Genre: Children’s Book
Pages: 32 Jacketed Hardcover 11.3 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
Date Published: September 21st 2010
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Do you remember who you wanted to be when you were a kid?
In this beautifully written picture book by Jennifer Fosberry, Isabella takes a trip through history pretending to be some of the groundbreaking women who changed history. Isabella’s imagination turns on an ordinary day into an extraordinary adventure as Annie the Sharpshooter, Rosa the activist, Marie the scientist, and many more. This heartwarming tale empowers young girls to realize their true capabilities while inspiring them to let their own personalities shine.
What an incredible book! For one, I love purple and the vibrant purple radiating from out this book already make it gorgeous. But the story in itself of the inspiration through out the day that one little girl thrives on is incredible. Through out the day, Isabella tells her mother over again that her name is not Isabella, but that it is Sally, Annie, Rosa, Marie, Elizabeth or Mommy. Each person a great woman who changed the world. This book gives me goose bumps as for once we have a great fun book about imagination that is inspirational and more than just silly. From Sally Ride traveling into space to Annie Oakley in the west, Rosa Parks on the bus, Marie Curie in the lab, Elizabeth Blackwell as a doctor and even plain Mommy… there are great ideals for this little girl to dream about and aspire to in her future.
I love this book! I love that at the end of the day there is section in the back of the book with portraits and more information on the women of character that can influence more study when intrigued. I think this is a great book for any girl, but would be fabulous for homeschool as well as an inspiration.
*Thanks to April Sirianni of Sourcebooks for providing a copy for review.*
About the Authors:
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.