My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?

My Name Is Not Isabella Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream 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 d

  • Title: My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?
  • Author: Jennifer Fosberry Mike Litwin
  • ISBN: 9781402243950
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.Book Details Format Hardcover Publication DaWho 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.Book Details Format HardcoverPublication Date 9 1 2010Pages 32Reading Level Age 4 and Up

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    • Marie says:

      This is a series about a girl who daydreams that she is famous women from history.  Her mother will speak to her and she will respond, "My name is not Isabella" and she will explain who she is at that moment in time & history as she sets about to do something in the spirit of that heroine.  This continues until bedtime when Isabella becomes the Mommy extolling all of Mommy's virtues.  At last Isabella is herself,  and Mommy recounts all of Isabella's virtues which are a compilation of th [...]

    • Ami says:

      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, kerc [...]

    • Lisa Vegan says:

      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 “ed [...]

    • Cindy Hudson says:

      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 a [...]

    • Mathew says:

      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 [...]

    • Lauren says:

      Lauren Fariss:This text is a great tool to use in the middle school classroom, as it gets students thinking about their own role models in history and in today's world. It applies to the study of identity, as it deals with a young girl who has so many role models, yet must ultimately choose to simply be herself.After reading, this book can easily spark discussion about student's own dreams for the future, but it also has a very important lesson at the end--that while it is great to have role mod [...]

    • Kalley the Chipmunk says:

      I gave Isabella 5 stars because there was a name Mommy in it. I love my own Mommy.

    • Zoey the Squirrel says:

      If I could go past number five, I would have to do 100 stars. I want more books that are similar to this. I loved at the end how it told about the real people and their names are Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Mommy. I love Mommy.

    • Judy says:

      Review at - booksmykidsreadThose 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 answe [...]

    • Anastasia Hutson says:

      My name is not IsabellaReview by Anastasia HutsonThe book starts with Isabella’s mom waking her up, calling her by her true name, Isabella. Throughout the book she denies all the names her mom calls her and dreams of everything she could become in life. From the start of the day to the end she thinks of everything from being an astronaut to a brave activist to the smartest scientist. The possibilities are endless for Isabella and she’s not going to let anyone stop her. No dream is too big fo [...]

    • burnspenn says:

      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 [...]

    • Lv2readB says:

      Fosberry, J. (2008). My name is not Isabella. Union City, CA: Monkey Barrel Press. Summary: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 b [...]

    • Laura DeLuca says:

      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 [...]

    • Araceli Aispuro says:

      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 [...]

    • Monique says:

      Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut in spaceAnnie Oakley, American sharpshooter and circus shooterRosa Parks, African-American civil rights activistMarie Curie, one of the most famous female scientistsElizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate medical school, the first woman doctorMommy, one of the loves of little Isabella's lifeThis beautifully illustrated gold and purple children's book provides 5 different history lessons for little girls – and little boys who will listen. Using rhy [...]

    • Margaret Chind says:

      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 [...]

    • April says:

      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 [...]

    • Esther Barajikian says:

      "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 [...]

    • Laura says:

      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 [...]

    • Lenore Webb says:

      '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 [...]

    • Marya says:

      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 [...]

    • Christina DiMinni says:

      Before reading "I Am Malala," I would read this picture book to students as an introduction to the idea of individual empowerment. I would have students conduct research using Gallagher's "I'd Like to Know More About" strategy to have them begin practicing research for their future research project on "I Am Malala." Similar to how Isabella does in this short story, I would have students research a famous figure in history who used their power/influence to make a positive difference. Students wou [...]

    • Erica says:

      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 [...]

    • Maggie Mattmiller says:

      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 [...]

    • Rachel Escobar says:

      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 [...]

    • Bonnie Chang says:

      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!

    • Staci Browning says:

      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 .

    • Matthew Triplett says:

      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

    • Janet says:

      While this title is in picture book format, I would use/recommend it for school age children as I think the references to real women would be lost on preschoolers. The storyline is a bit disjointed as the transitions are made from one woman to another, but that is what daydreaming is like. I particularly like the Rosa Parks reference as Isabella is getting on the school bus.

    • Ashley says:

      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!

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