Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

My Name is Not Isabella

My Name is Not Isabella. Written by Jennifer Fosberry and illustrated by Mike Litwin. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, c. 2010, 28 pp.

Reading Level: 640L

Synopsis: My Name is Not Isabella is the story of a girl discovering for herself how amazing she is by taking on the role of various women that have altered history, everyone from Elizabeth Blackwell to Rosa Parks. As Isabella discovers how significant she truly is, she also learns about unconditional love from her mother.

Rationale for Use in the Classroom: The images capture the imagination of Isabella. This book could be used for a Social Studies or Science Unit on women throughout history.

Content Area Connections: Social Studies, Science, Civil Rights Movement, Race, Women’s Studies

Possible Areas of Concern: The illustrations do not depict the historical women (themselves), but rather portray Isabella in those particular roles. Also, there is overlap between Isabella’s dreams and the present, which may confuse some students.


~Elizabeth Schreiber


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This entry was posted on November 24, 2012 by in Picturebooks.

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