Yesterday (according to my reckoning) was Thursday…
Tomorrow is Saturday (I’m pretty certain this is true, because I’m going to be at the Millbrook Literary Festival along with Iza Trapani, Karen Orloff, Nancy Furstinger, and lots of other wonderful authors, illustrators and friends – you should come join us if you’re in the neighborhood! – we’d love to see you!)…
But wait a second… Where was I?
Oh yeah. Yesterday Thursday, tomorrow Saturday, calendar currently saying “FRI”… all of which signs lead me to believe that today is indeed Friday! Perfect Picture Book Friday!
I love Friday, don’t you? 🙂
So here’s my Perfect Picture Book for the day and then it’s officially the weekend and you should feel free to lie in the hammock with a good book and an iced tea and a large plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies while the kids and the dogs run amok and unsupervised because that’s what weekends are for 🙂 (Alternatively, if it’s as unseasonably warm at your house as it is on Blueberry Hill – 92 degrees on May 17 and 18 I kid you not! – feel free to turn on the sprinkler and run amok through it along with the kids and the dogs 🙂 )
Title: My Name Is Not Isabella
Written By: Jennifer Fosberry
Illustrated By: Mike Litwin
SourceBooks Jabberwocky, September 2010, fiction
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: careers, imagination, dreams, self-identity, girl power
Opening: “‘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.”
Brief Synopsis: A little girl goes through her day imagining herself as women she admires for different reasons – an astronaut, an activist, a doctor, etc. – and decides by the end that she is herself but possesses some of the qualities of all these women she looks up to.
Links To Resources: the back matter of the book is an excellent resource with information about all the accomplished women Isabella admires as well as definitions of all their careers; discuss what YOU want to be when YOU grow up!; draw a picture of yourself as the person you imagine becoming; write a poem or a story about yourself as the person you imagine being.
Why I Like This Book: I’m very fond of this book because of its strong girl power theme, the women it celebrates, and the encouragement it gives girls to dream big. I also like it because, years before it was published, I wrote a similar kind of book, though mine was more imaginative and not focused on famous women 🙂 Still, I like to think great minds think alike 🙂 This book is a great introduction for kids to a number of very accomplished women, and the art brings their fields of endeavor visually to life in a very appealing way. A great read to foster a discussion of “what I want to be when I grow up”! 🙂
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂
15 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – My Name Is Not Isabella”
Love this book, Susanna! Mighty Girl stories are so important. 😉 My pick is also a mighty girl story – a true one from our early American history.
I love this little girl! And I have a great-niece named Isabella. Hmmmm. Sounds like a perfect match!
Love this book and the strength of Isabella. Thanks for reviewing it! 🙂
Love the girl power feel of this book. Dosen’t every girl wonder what she will be when she grows up. 😉
Love the message of this book! Thanks for sharing.
I like Isabella’s spunk and imagination. Great pick.
I love books about girl power. I Iove that she has big dreams to be what ever she wants. Important story for girls.
Oh, this sounds cool. Who are some of the other women Isabella dreams of being?
I like this version of what I want to be when I grow up. Introduces girls and boys to accomplished women. 😀
Girl power books are the best! I just finished reading Margaret and the Moon to my class and it was amazing, too.
Sounds fab! Have a great time tomorrow 💃
That is one of the common requests we get in the bookstore, empowering books for girls!
This sounds like an excellent pick fr PPBF. I love the empowerment theme for encouraging girls to be anything they want to be.
I really enjoy sharing this book with my Brownie Troop, Susanna! Then we not only talked about and pretended to be some of the women in the book, we ended up making our Thinking Day project for the year all about Girl Scouts who grew up to be famous women. It was such a great way to use a book they loved to get them thinking about their potential!