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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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Oct 05, 2013 Ami rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, random-find
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
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
Cindy Hudson
Dec 09, 2010 Cindy Hudson rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 16, 2015 burnspenn rated it really liked it
This book is a good way to introduce young children to some of the most prominent women in history. Our daughter, who is almost 2.5, is currently in an "Isabella" obsession, asking to read this book for her bedtime story nearly every night. I asked her why she likes this book so much and she said "Because I like all the people in it." As an adult, it's a bit dull to read aloud, but it's clearly captivating for my daughter. She also really likes looking at the pictures of all the women at the end ...more
Araceli Aispuro
Apr 09, 2014 Araceli Aispuro rated it really liked it
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
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
Laura DeLuca
Jun 08, 2013 Laura DeLuca rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 25, 2010 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2010 Monique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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?
Margaret Chind
Jan 26, 2016 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Jul 06, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2011
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
This one didn't do it for me at all. I've currently been reading a lot of picturebooks and novels around issues exploring the concept of challenging gender stereotypes either implicitly or explicitly and I didn't think this book really succeeded in either even though this is what it felt like it was trying to do.
There is a nice sense of repetition in the wording and I think young children would like that and I even enjoyed some of the different roles that Isabella adopted: Astronaut, Gunslinger
Lenore Webb
Sep 20, 2010 Lenore Webb rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
'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
Feb 04, 2014 Marya rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Maggie Burgess
Sep 26, 2015 Maggie Burgess rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this picture book that pays homage to some strong women in history! I think this would be great for young girls, learning to dream to be anything they want to be! It would also be great for young boys, learning that girls too can be anything! Pretty simple and basic, could have been more, but then maybe it would have been too much (for the target audience.) I do like that there is a page in back with more detail on each woman. I also really like the women selected to be featured ...more
Rachel Escobar
Feb 10, 2015 Rachel Escobar rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book for a number of different reasons. When I first started reading it, I just thought it to be a cute little picture book about a cute little girl with a big imagination. While this is a cute picture book about a cute little girl I really liked how it showed important women throughout history and what they contributed. For example when she said her name was Rosa and she was sitting on a bus, showing what Rosa Parks did. I found it to be a very good and cute way to show im ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it
1. A mother wakes her daughter up, only to be told her name is not Isabella. As she (Isabella ) goes throughout the day she pretends that she is someone new. Each person is a female who was well known throughout history.
3. I really liked this book. I liked that it used real people throughout history, and I liked that it had a description in the back to read to the kids, because they would not know who these people were. I like that they can learn, while still being able to comprehend and make t
Feb 10, 2015 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies
This book was so cute and had so many great teaching points. I could easily see how a teacher could read this to their students or how a mother could read it to her daughter. I loved how the character Isabella went through a day that many children in this country go through each week making it relative and fun for the child. I loved how she listed her strengths and was very positive even if her day is ordinary and at times boring. I love the ending and how she recognized that she was Isabella an ...more
Staci Browning
Feb 11, 2015 Staci Browning rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a great and adorable book that introduced a lot of the historical characters that students may not be familiar with. I especially liked it because at the end it gave a little description of the different people Isabella aspired to be for the day. A great introduction into history. I feel like for a biography though it doesn't quite meet the criteria because it focuses so much on a lot of different people instead of just one historical person they can learn from .
Bonnie Chang
Sep 24, 2014 Bonnie Chang rated it really liked it
This book is amazing! It's about a little girl who is a different significant woman of history every morning when she wakes up. The little girl's mother will ask her "Who are you today?" and the little girl would reply, "I am Rosa Parks..." and the next morning she would wake up with a different name for herself. Great book for introducing influential women of history, also a cute mother-daughter book!
Matthew Triplett
Feb 05, 2014 Matthew Triplett rated it really liked it
Shelves: feb
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
Sapphire Moosman
Feb 14, 2015 Sapphire Moosman rated it it was amazing
I couldn't help laughing every time I turned a page of this book. That illustrations are fun, bright and colorful but not too much that they distract from the story. It is also a great way to teach kids about famous people and more importantly that they can be anyone they want to be. That it is important to encourage their dreams instead of laughing or hindering them.

Have fun reading!
Apr 02, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing
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!
Oct 21, 2014 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book is the cutest!!!!!! It sends a good message to young children that you can be whatever you want to be. You can be brave, strong, kind, and so on! It was funny, creative, and the art was very well done! I would give this book a 5/5 stars, because it was wonderfully done. I definitely recommend this book to teachers, parents, and pretty much everyone in general!
Jul 16, 2016 RumBelle rated it it was amazing
I love Fosberry's books, and I use them in my 'Imagination' themed Storytime whenever I can. Isabella is such a bright, spunky, energetic girl and her books introduce readers to a wide variety of historical figures, locales and literary characters. The illustrations are kinetic and vibrant and really grab your attention. Wonderful books.
Feb 03, 2016 May rated it it was amazing
Love this book! Present for my youngest daughter who is 5 but all three of them love it, including my 2yr old boy and 8yr old girl. They each get something different from this book. A great empowering book that opens up possibilities and topics for discussions. Wholly recommended for girls, and boys too :)
Kayleena Nielson
Oct 23, 2014 Kayleena Nielson rated it it was amazing
I loved how this book shows true imagination and how you can always be who you want to be. It is so adorably cute and I love the drawings too. This book is absolutely wonderful and could go along with the children in the class making their own story in this type of fashion.
Morgan Sommers
Feb 05, 2014 Morgan Sommers rated it it was amazing
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.
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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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