My Name is Not Isabella

Bibliographic Information: Fosberry, Jennifer, and Mike Litwin. My Name Is Not Isabella. Naperville, IL: Source Jabberwocky, 2010. Print.

Brief Annotation: This book follows a little girl who wants to constantly change her name to be the name of important women who have made a difference in the world.  In the end, she wants to be herself again but have all of the qualities of the women she had named before.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy wonderfully created pictures and great adventures about wonderful women throughout history will love this book.

Rating/Response: 4 – This book has great pictures and wonderful women.  One of my favorite parts of this book is the last part where the authors introduce all of the women and what they had done in history.  It is an easy read and makes history a little bit easier to understand for students.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Has there ever been someone else you would like to be like?  Like a parent, sibling, someone in history, etc.

Reading Strategy: Synthesizing

Rationale for Strategy: This book holds a great message that at the end of the day it is good for us each to play the role of ourselves but to remember that we all hold some of the best qualities of some of the greatest people ever.  Some students believe that they can’t be like some of those women that are named in this book but we need to teach them that they can be whatever or whoever they want.

Posted by: Breanna Richey


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