Synopses & Reviews
Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?
She takes a wild ride-and discovers the sky's the limit
This story...speaks frankly about self-identity and self affirmation as Isabella decides at the end that she is actually herself...because she possesses the best parts of all of the women she looks up to.
The colorful mixed-media artwork reinforces the fanciful, upbeat tone of the book. Use this story to ignite young readers' interest in women's history.
-School Library Journal
Who Is Your Hero?
Isabella's include U.S. Astronaut Sally Ride, activist Rosa Parks, and sharpshooter Annie Oakley-but there's no bigger hero than Isabella's own mommy
Join Isabella on an adventure of discovery-and find out how imagining to be these extraordinary women teaches her the importance of being her extraordinary self.
A rollicking read-aloud and terrific read-to-myself story, My Name Is Not Isabella is capturing hearts and awards, including: Silver ForeWord Book of the Year Award for Picture Books Gold Moonbeam Children's Book Award Gold Independent Publisher Book Award Amelia Bloomer List
Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned children's book writer. Until recently, she worked as a project manager in Silicon Valley in the high-tech electronic field. She currently divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Costa Rica with her husband and three children.
Mike Litwin combines a variety of media to create scenes that serve the imagination and education of women. A graduate of the East Carolina University School of Art and Design, he plays both designer and illustrator with an often wacky, always delightful style that uniquely blends playful innocence with devilish mischief. Illustrating and telling stories for children is his passion, his entertainment, and his dream. He currently lives in Greenville, North Carolina, with his wife and three daughters.
In this picture book first published by Monkey Barrel Press in 2008 young Isabella isn't having an identity crisis she's having an identity field day. When her mother greets her good morning she responds with the book's title (and its refrain) adding "I am Sally the greatest toughest astronaut who ever was!" Throughout the day Isabella assumes the roles of other "greatest" heroines: breakfast prompts an Annie Oakley reverie; a school bus ride puts her in the shoes of Rosa Parks. Litwin overworks the fuzzy staticky textures of his mixed media illustrations to the point of distraction and it's a little disappointing that none of debut author Fosberry's role models is of especially recent vintage Marie Curie and Elizabeth Blackwell appear as her science and medicine superwomen. But the exuberance of the text and typography coupled with Isabella's force of personality ensures that the pages fly along largely and blessedly free of the earnestness that plagues so many "girls can do anything" books. Ages 3–8. (Sept.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"In this picture book, first published by Monkey Barrel Press in 2008, young Isabella isn't having an identity crisis--she's having an identity field day. When her mother greets her good morning, she responds with the book's title (and its refrain), adding, 'I am Sally , the greatest, toughest, astronaut who ever was!' Throughout the day, Isabella assumes the roles of other 'greatest' heroines: breakfast prompts an Annie Oakley reverie; a school bus ride puts her in the shoes of Rosa Parks. Litwin overworks the fuzzy, staticky textures of his mixed- media illustrations to the point of distraction, and it's a little disappointing that none of debut author Fosberry's role models is of especially recent vintage--Marie Curie and Elizabeth Blackwell appear as her science and medicine superwomen. But the exuberance of the text and typography, coupled with Isabella's force of personality, ensures that the pages fly along, largely and blessedly free of the earnestness that plagues so many 'girls can do anything' books. Ages 3 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Despite its icy setting, Bradleys debut imparts a warm, encouraging message to kids feeling out of step with their families interests...Equal parts sensitive and comic, its a rewarding reminder that theres more than one way to get in the game." —Publishers Weekly
"In her first picture book, Bradley tells a well-crafted, satisfying story in which Henry articulates his views,sticks to his guns, and wins in the end." —Booklist
"Both the illustrations—despite the ice, it has the warmth of pencil-and-wash artwork—and the story have a strong but unmenacing quality, neatly conveying an acceptance of Henry's inclinations and an appreciation of his talent. It doesn't matter what you do on the ice, suggests Bradley, just do it with a song in your heart." —Kirkus Reviews
From breakfast to bedtime, a young girl imagines being different women who made history, and ends the day empowered to be herself. Full color.
A lively hockey and ice dancing picture book in the tradition of Billy Elliot and The Sissy Duckling
Henry Holtons whole family is hockey mad. Everyone, that is, except Henry. When he holds a hockey stick, Henry becomes a menace to the gameand an embarrassment to his sports-minded family. Its not until he sees his first ice dancing performance that Henry realizes theres something he can do on the ice that doesnt involve boarding and body checking. Henry is ready to hang up his gear and try on some figure skates, but first he has to convince his hockey-obsessed family to let him follow his own path.
About the Author
Sandra Bradley lives on a lake near Kingston, Ontario, where she and her husband enjoy skating with their three children.