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My Name Is Not Isabella (Isabella )

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From breakfast to bedtime, a young girl imagines being different women who made history, and ends the day empowered to be herself.
Library Binding, 32 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Monkey Barrel Press
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I don't usually review children's books, but I really had to with this one.
I randomly bought this for my daughter at the school book fair; it was closing in ten minutes, so I had to make a quick decision. To be totally honest, I grabbed it because:

1) It was the only one I saw with a girl character who wasn't a princess
2) It was less than five bucks. Swish.

I looked at the cover and the subtitle, "just how big can a little girl dream?", saw the row of hats (e.g., astronaut helmet, head mirror, ke...more
Lisa Vegan
I read this and at the same time, immediately after, read My Name Is Not Alexander. I was tempted to write one review for both books, but I suppose my thoughts and feelings and what else I’d like to say are just different enough that I’ll write separate reviews.

This book is a conundrum. How can I find something both delightful and irritating, fun and boring, great and mediocre, etc. etc.? Well, I do. It ended up winning me over, for the most part.

Yes, it’s a “message book” and an “educational bo...more
Cindy Hudson
My Name is Not Isabella is a delightful new picture book by Jennifer Fosberry that introduces children to some of the strongest female figures in history, all seen through the eyes of a little girl.

The sequence starts off with the mother at the bedroom door saying, “Good morning Isabella. It’s time to get up 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...more
Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut in space
Annie Oakley, American sharpshooter and circus shooter
Rosa Parks, African-American civil rights activist
Marie Curie, one of the most famous female scientists
Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate medical school, the first woman doctor
Mommy, one of the loves of little Isabella's life

This beautifully illustrated gold and purple children's book provides 5 different history lessons for little girls – and little boys who will listen. Using rhyme...more
Esther Barajikian
"My Name is Not Isabella" is a beautiful picture book that tells the story of a little girl with a big imagination. This book would most likely appeal to primary readers with its brightly illustrated pictures and easy-read style. I enjoyed the book and gave it a 3-star rating.

From the moment she awakes until the time she falls asleep, Isabella imagines herself as a variety of strong, intelligent, and influential women. As Isabella dreams of herself being an astronaut named Sally, a scientist na...more
Araceli Aispuro
Isabella is a young girl who claims that her name is not Isabella. Throughout the day Isabella transforms into different woman who have changed history. Isabella spends her entire day transforming from one person to another. She starts off her day as Sally and then transforms into Annie, then to Rosa Parks on the bus, to Marie in the lab, and finally to Doctor Elizabeth. Before Isabella goes to bed she decides to be herself again and dream of who she will become tomorrow.

This story is inspiring...more
Genius. The colors are perfect, and Fosberry picks a decent line-up of female role models that are still relevant today. Through the trailblazers, little girls can see what it means to be a doctor or an astronaut or an activist (and just in case they don't, there's a section at the end that explains it in a little more detail for the parent, and a neat one sentence sum-up for the child). However, I wouldn't include "mommy" as a career/role model. I'd like my child to know that she can be a mommy...more
Fosberry, J. (2008). My name is not Isabella. Union City, CA: Monkey Barrel Press.

Isabella is a young girl who likes to change her name! Throughout her day, she becomes women who have changed history: from Sally Ride the first American female astronaut to Annie Oakley the fastest female “sharp-shooter”, from Rosa Parks the civil rights activist to Marie Curie the first female scientist to win a Nobel Prize, from Elizabeth Blackwell the first female doctor to her own mother. At the back...more
Laura DeLuca
I want my girls to grow up to be strong, independent women. Its important to encourage that from a young age. Its wonderful to play house and have baby dolls, but they need to know that women don't have to be stuck in the kitchen. There is a whole world of options out there that is only as limited as their imaginations. They can do anything they dream of doing with hard work and dedication. "My Name Is Not Isabella" by Jennifer Fosberry is the perfect book to teach young girls about the inner st...more
My Name is Not Isabella is an amazing storybook that encapsulates the wonderment of childhood and endless imagination. Jennifer Fosberry takes one day in the life of one little girl, Isabella, and with each encounter between daughter and mother, Isabella announces that she is someone new. From Sally Ride to Rosa Parks to Elizabeth Blackwell and many other all-important woman - including mommy. The illustrations are absolutely amazing and utterly breath-taking. While you read, I absolutely dare y...more
Michelle at Booksmykidsread
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Those who know me know that raising strong girls who believe that they can do anything they set their hearts to, is a big priority in my life. If you haven’t already checked out A Mighty Girl, go check them out as soon as you are done reading this, as they are an amazing resource for great books. Our latest find from that site in an absolutely awesome book called My Name is Not Isabella.

The tagline to this book is “Just how big can a little girl dream?” The answer?...more
Oct 29, 2010 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: April Sirianni
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 b...more
Matthew Triplett
I really enjoyed reading this book. I could see myself reading this book to my son. I loved the pictures and how the book flowed. As you are reading the book you don't realize that Isabella wants to be important people that changed history. Jennifer Fosberry placed a section at the end of the book that tells you about each woman that changed history. This book is a joy to read.

-Matthew Triplett
Alice liked the cookies and bubble bath scenes best. In this story, a girl insists she is not Isabella and instead assumes the identity of various historically significant women throughout her day. It contains short biographies at the end on the women Isabella becomes: Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Mommy. A very sweet story. Thank you, Janice!
Despite the fact that this is definitely a book with a message, I really enjoyed My name is not Isabella. The illustrations are kind of quirky but that's okay because Isabella is kind of quirky herself. Isabella's mother wakes her up for school one morning and Isabella announces that her name is not Isabella -- it's Sally, as in Sally Ride, the astronaut. She marches to breakfast and becomes Annie Oakley. And with each new event, Isabella becomes another independent, interesting, and important w...more
Loved the illustrations straight off. Beautiful work.

The repetition was nice...but by about the fourth name change, I was starting to get a little weary of it. The first half of the book was delightful...the middle to end was boring...the very last pages of historical information...pure genius.

Those last pages brought is all to focus. I loved that she was pretending to be actual women of history! I learned something and so did my 5-year old twin girls.

I just wish that somehow, it was a bit more...more
Lenore Webb
'My Name is Not Isabella' by Jennifer Fosberry. Isabella uses her imagination to turn her world into an adventure. She make believes she is many different extraordinary women. From Annie Oakley to Rosa Parks and on to Marie Curie and then some. I love that this shows how we can use our imagination to travel into new worlds and explore other lives. I know that Princess Emma dances for us and puts on her ballets. She loves to pretend she is a beautiful and loving princess to all around her. And we...more
Morgan Sommers
I thought this book was great! I loved the pictures in it! They are bright and fun! I loved how it introduced more then one "famous" person. I think that this book would be a great one to read to start the kids on learning these people. It was also fun to read and entertaining.
The main character, Isabella, is innocently being imaginative and I think it is great how her mother uses specific vocabulary to play along. Each of the names she pretends to be correlate to a woman in history, for which each description is included at the end of the book. I really did like that part, though my daughter at 5 years old can't quite grasp the importance of Rosa Parks sitting on a bus (it'll likely sound familiar when she does learn about this topic though!). This book, though cute,...more
This is a great fictional story that includes the accomplishments of a handful of women who changed the world, such as Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, and Marie Curie. It encourages both girls and boys to go after their dreams just as these women did. Isabella models a positive example of self-identity and self-affirmation as she decides that she possesses the best parts of all the women she looks up to. I would use this story to increase young students' interest in women's history and because it has a...more
"My Name is Not Isabella" is a story that follows a precocious young girl throughout the day as she identifies herself not as Isabella but as Annie (Annie Oakley), Rosa (Rosa Parks), Marie (Marie Curie), and other historical women. Although this story briefly goes over each figure, this story would make for a great conversation starter about women who changed the world. Isabella possesses a creative imagination and identifies herself as having the same best traits as all of the female figures sh...more
I purchased this book for my 4 year old at the recent Scholastic Book Fair at my son's elementary school. I chose it because Isabella is my daughter's middle name and bc I have been trying to present a lot of non-princess titles to her in our reading. I am not anti-princess and I certainly love my fair share of Disney Princess movies, however, I just want her to know that there are lots of options out there, in addition to princesses.

We enjoyed reading this book as a family and it was nice to w...more
Kelsey Wilson
This was also another book I enjoyed reading. I admit when I read it the first time I didn't get the greater impact rhat it was really for but once I re-read it and saw the intention it caused me to love it more. The genre of this book is informational. I would also recommend the grade level of Kindergarten/1st and maybe 2nd. However, it's about a girl that goes throughout the day saying she is all of these famous and powerful women that has made a great impact in this society. She was Rosa Park...more
Jennifer Velez
I saw this book at a book fair at the school I was placed in, and it caught my attention, so I bought it. My friend just recently had a baby and she named her Isabella. This book is about a little girl named Isabella, but every time her mom goes and wakes her up she is not Isabella she is someone else. As she says she is another person, she describes what she is doing or where she is. At the end of the book you learn that all the ladies names she says she was they are the names of famous ladies...more
Good book to teach about being an individual. Cute story and I love how the mom was accepting of whatever the daughter wanted to be. It's great kids story!
Mrs. Nelson's
Even as a kid, I noticed this: there is a dearth of female role models. I don't mean there aren't enough women to admire - hardly! But I just didn't hear much about them when I was younger. Jennifer Fosberry takes care of that with her wonderful new picture book My Name is Not Isabella. Isabella is a little girl who dreams big - she pretends to be Sally Ride, Annie Oakley (a personal favorite!), Rosie Parks, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Blackwell, and her own mother. After Isabella goes to bed and the...more
Apr 08, 2014 Erika added it
My daughter loved this book it is a small step for her to find her self and who she is. it's all about her deciding.
Shamilah Gillani
This is a wonderful book that will empower many young girls to believe that they can achieve anything they want. The book is about a girl named Isabella who changes her name to Rosa (Rosa Parks), Annie (Annie Oakley), and Marie (Marie Curie). The book gig a brief biography on these famous women through history and really captivates the audience by showing how these women have had an impact on our lives today. I would integrate this with social studies and go over the history around the time peri...more
This story is great for using as an introduction to a lesson on famous women in history. The main character is named Isabella, but throughout the story she takes on different roles of historical figures, like Rosa Parks and Annie Oakley. She relates to the different women during different situations and gets others to appreciate the women as well. I think this book is definitely great to read during whole group since the character can be very animated and fun all at the same time. Her voice come...more
Mar 11, 2014 T. marked it as to-read
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Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned children's book author. 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, raise kids, and get out of doing the housework. She lives with her husband and three children and her little dog, too.
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