My Name Is Not Isabella


When mom comes to wake Isabella, Isabella has changed her name to Sally. At breakfast, Sally becomes Annie, and through the course of the day changes to Rosa, Marie, and Elizabeth. Each a woman of accomplishment: Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, and Elizabeth Blackwell. At the end of the day, Isabella takes the name of her biggest heroine: Mommy.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This picture book is driven by dialogue, which immediately engages kids in the story. It is the perfect format for introducing children to women who changed the world and the biography genre.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. I hope there is a companion book for boys.

Little Kid Reaction

We read this repeatedly, each night for nearly a week. Within a few days, our daughter had memorized her lines as Isabella, and was also reading along. Even after several weeks we still get requests for this book.

Parent Reaction

What a fun way to introduce famous women to young children. Thanks to the short biographies in the back, parents can build out the individual heroines (even if they forgot a couple facts). The bio for Mommy is a nice touch.

Type of Book:
This picture book introduces pre-readers and young readers to famous women in history.
Educational Themes:

In addition to the short biographies, the author offers definitions of the roles each woman played (sharpshooter, activist, scientist). There is also a very nice list of books and websites listed at the back to make it easy to build on the story.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with nearly 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. There are few books that so effectively introduce kids to important people at a level they can appreciate and a format they can understand.

Title My Name Is Not Isabella
Author Jennifer Fosberry
Publisher Monkey Barrel Press © 2008
Illustrators Mike Litwin
ISBN 9780980200072
Material Hard Cover
Cost $19.99
Genres Biography, History
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