Friday, July 8, 2011

Children's Book Review: My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry

ISBN: 9781402243950
By: Jennifer Fosberry, Illustrated by: Mike Litwin
Published: August 2010 


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
* Now a New York Times Bestseller

My Review:

5 stars out of 5

Have I got the perfect book to share with your little girl? After receiving this book in the mail and reading first myself, and then to Savannah, I think I have found my next favorite inspirational book.  This picture book follows a young girl named Isabella as she dreams big!  She pretends to be some of the most famous women of our time, including Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Annie Oakley, Elizabeth Blackwell and her Mommy.  Young girls will learn about these amazing women and their accomplishments, and hopefully will realize that they too can dream big and be whatever they want to be.  Isabella has a wonderful imagination, and it is wonderful to see a book that inspires young girls to be themselves.  I just loved the illustrations done by Mike Litwin.  They were so colorful and pulled the whole story together.

I will continue to read this book to Savannah as she gets older, and will definitely be talking with her about dreaming big and letting her know she can be whoever she wants to be.  What a great inspirational story -- not one you see at bookstores that often!

About the Author:

Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned children' book writer. After working in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley and running away to Costa Rica for a few years, she returned to the San Francisco Bay area to read, write, and try to get out of housework. She lives with her husband and three children and finally got a puppy.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher, Sourcebooks in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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