MY NAME IS NOT ISABELLA by Jennifer Fosberry


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Age Range: 5 - 8


The title phrase is what this purple-haired little girl says when her mother awakens her, because Isabella is Sally this morning, “the greatest, toughest astronaut who ever was!” When mother calls her “Sally” at breakfast, though, the girl announces that she's Annie, the "fastest sharp-shooter." It's Rosa the activist who waits for the bus and Marie the scientist who eats the cookies mother has made for her after school. Elizabeth the doctor relaxes in the bubble bath, and then the child announces that she, Isabella, is “Mommy, the greatest, sweetest mother who ever was!” One-paragraph bios of Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Blackwell and “Mommy” appear at the end (the Mommy bio is rather egregious). It's difficult to suss out the story, though. While it's nifty that Isabella imagines herself to be these great women, her mother's entire efforts are bent to taking care of Isabella, from hot breakfast to hot bubblebath. If that's what she aspires to be in the end, it's both solipsistic and philosophically tenuous and leaves readers young and older unengaged. (bibliography) (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4395-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2010


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