Today I wanted to review My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberryand illustrated by Mark Litwin. I came across this book on Amazon. You can order the hardcover for $11.19 or you can download a free copy for your kindle. If you have young children, I highly recommend purchasing the hardcover version of this book! If you wanna test it out first, downloading a free copy for your kindle is a great option too.
This story follows the daily life of “not” Isabella, a young girl who uses her dreams to get her through the day. Her day starts with her mom entering her room in the morning, greeting her with “Good morning, Isabella!”. Isabella responds with “My name is not Isabella!”, and then her mother asks her, if not Isabella, then who is she? Isabella first responds that she is Sally the atrsonaught. Her mother plays along with her and addresses her daughter as Sally. This pattern continues for the duration of the book. Each time Isabella’s mother addresses her, Isabella always proclaims that that is not her name. Throughout the book, Isabella adopts five names: Sally, Annie, Rosa, Marie, and Elizabeth. When she tells her mom her name, her mom states the traits that goes with her name. Sally is an astronaut, Annie is a western actress, Rosa sits on a bus, Marie is a scientist, and Elizabeth is a doctor. As she goes to bed, the little girl informs her mother that her name is “Isabella” once again.
I love this book because it introduces the names of innovative women from history. Sally Ride was the first American woman to travel to space. Annie Oakley was one of the first women to become famous for her gun shooting skills. Rosa Parks was an activist for human rights and equality. Marie Curie was a famous female scientist. And Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to go to school to become a doctor. All of these women are inspirational and show that girls can do anything if they set their mind to it. For young female readers, this book is a must. Isabella’s dreams of being a powerful and innovative woman demonstrates that girls can do anything, all they have to do is dream!
The illustrations in this book are colorful and aesthetically pleasing. The artist does a great job of creating images that follow the text, and place Isabella in the shoes of the famous women that she is claiming to be. The pictures take the young girl’s dreams into reality, and all audiences will enjoy the fantasy aspect that the illustrations present.
The recommended age group for this book is 4 and up. I couldn’t agree with this more. I think that this book should be in every girl’s bookshelf because it tells girls that they can do anything, and they should always dream! The mother always goes along with Isabella as she role plays as the famous women, demonstarting that she supports her daughters belief in herself. Their relationship is a positive one that all parents should have with their children, especially with their daughters. Even in today’s society, it is vital that we remind girls that they can do anything they set their mind to, and to never limit how much they dream. I loved reading this book as an adult, and I plan to share it with the little girls in my life.
As always, happy reading! 🙂
– Emily Oviedo