Review: My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry

When my girls were little, one of my favorite "girl-power" books I liked to read to them -- and that they enjoyed having read to them -- was The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. It was an empowering tale of a princess and the superficial prince Ronald who snubbed her when she looked rather unprincess-like after saving his butt from the dragon. So she showed him ... and went off on her own to find happily ever after without him.

I often relied on books -- picture books and otherwise -- to help me get the message across to my daughters that they could be strong, independent women who knew how to grab life's big brass ring -- and that they didn't need a man to help them reach it.

Which is why it's too bad My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry wasn't around when my girls were young. It's exactly the type of book I would have loved sharing with them. Eventually (hopefully) I'll have granddaughters with whom I can share the empowering tale of Isabella and her journey as she pretends to be some of the most heroic women of our times: Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks and more -- including Isabella's very own mother. Ultimately Isabella realizes she possesses the best of all the women and that she has the power to be just as great as they were.

The story and illustrations show Isabella trying on the traits of each of the admirable women, while a "Women who changed the world" feature at the back of the book gives an in-depth profile of each.

My Name Is Not Isabella encourages little girls to dream big -- and to follow in the footsteps of the great women before them.

This is one review book I'll definitely be holding on to until those little granddaughters of mine show up. Then it'll be one of our favorites to read, I'm sure, as we dream together of the great things each can become.

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