My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?
Don't you already love the book, just from the subtitle? The first page has a spot to write in the owner's name: This book belongs to _____________ / the sweetest, kindest, smartest, bravest, fastest, toughest, greatest girl that ever was." It's that kind of a book! Isabella is a girl with big dreams and a giant imagination. Through a playful exchange with her mother, Isabella tries on various famous female personas throughout the book.
Good morning, Isabella," the mother said. '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 was!' 'Well, Sally, blast out of bed, put on your space suit and come downstairs for breakfast.'And so the format continues throughout the book, as we see Isabella pretend to be an astronaut (Sally Ride), a sharpshooter (Annie Oakley), an activist (Rosa Parks), a scientist (Marie Curie), a doctor (Elizabeth Blackwell), and ... a mother (Mommy). Her mother responds to each of Isabella's exclamations with patience and encouragement. And who does Isabella end the day as? You'll have to read the book to find out, but that book owner's page gives a hint.
The last two pages have paragraph-length descriptions of all of the women mentioned during the book, including a kiddified definition of the appropriate profession ("An astronaut is a person who does their work in space. There are different jobs on the spacecraft. Some people are pilots. Some people fix the spacecraft. Some people do science research.")
The Bibliophile's Opinion (at 2 years, 9 months):Enjoyed by the (boy) Bibliophile, enjoyed my Mama, and sure to be enjoyed by our little girl someday too. Also, fun inspiration for meaningful baby girl name ideas.
Mama: Did you like this book?
Mama: What Did You Like About It?
Bibliophile: You [I] like that it [Isabella] doesn't say what name it [she] really is!
He then proceeded to open the book again and read it aloud (stopping to ask me what "vittles" and "cowgirl" meant). Then, during our bedtime routine, he kept joking around:
Mama: "Ok, Bibliophile, time to brush your teeth!"
Bibliophile: "I'm not Bibliophile; I'm...Mama!"
Queue raucous laughter.
Other books you might like
The Paper Bag Princess (we reviewed this book, with a companion craft, here)
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes (review here)
Blueberry Girl (we still haven't read this! But I've heard good things)
Series featuring female characters like Olivia and Madeline.
When I asked for suggestions of positive depictions of female characters in an earlier post, some people also suggested the Harry Potter and Judy Moody series.
Questions: What "girly" books are your favs? I guess I'll have to read Pinkalicious one of these days, will I? Also, what should we refer to our next arrival as in blogland? (We may have to wait for her personality to surface to answer that one).
Disclosure: We were provided with a publisher copy of My Name is Not Isabella in order to write this review. Also, if you click on any of the links in this post and purchase anything, we may earn a small commission through our affiliate relationship with Amazon.com.