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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 280L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd. (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554535603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554535606
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MY NAME IS ELIZABETH!
Myriad iterations of Addison, Brianna and other multisyllabic doozies occupy the top-baby-name list, making it high time for a book that addresses the mispronounced and mistakenly abbreviated name. Elizabeth, adorably illustrated in agreeable orange and robin s egg blue, likes that there is a queen named after her. But she does not like being called Beth, Lizzy, Liz ( It s E-liz-abeth ) or Betsy ( Not. even. close. ) The book itself is close to perfect. --NY Times, Aug 19, 2011

About the Author

Annika Dunklee was born in Uppsala, Sweden, to a Scottish father and a Swedish mother. She bases a lot of her stories on her own childhood memories. My Name Is Elizabeth! was inspired by anyone who dislikes having his or her name shortened, lengthened, mispronounced or mangled in some way.

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I hope the Elizabeth who I gave the book to grows up enjoying it as much as I do!
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A unique choice, the effect is both bold beautiful.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The human capacity to garble a first name, even a simple or common one, is without limit. I should know. My name is Elizabeth. My preferred nickname is "Betsy", which is not intuitive. Generally speaking, one should never assume what another person's nickname is. In my day I have shouldered countless calls of "Liz", more than one "Betty", and the occasional (and unforgivable) "Eliza". Still, my heart goes out to kids with fresh and original names that get mangled in the garbled mouths of well-meaning adults. For them, the name "Elizabeth" may seem simple in comparison. Yet as My Name Is Elizabeth! makes clear from the get-go, there is no name so simple that someone can't butcher it in some manner.

Elizabeth loves her name. Who wouldn't? It has a lot of advantages, like length and how it sounds when you work the syllables out of your mouth. The downside? Everyone just gives you whatever nickname they think suits you. If it's not Lizzy then it's Beth. If it's not Liz then it's something "Not. Even. Close." like Betsy. At last Elizabeth can take it no longer. To the general world she declares her full name ("Elizabeth Alfreda Roxanne Carmelita Bluebell Jones") or Elizabeth if you like. Finally, everyone gets it right. Even her little brother (though she might bend the rules a bit for his attempted "Wizabef").

One has to assume that any author with the first name "Annika" would know from whence she speaks with a book like this. Kids don't have much to call their own when they're young. Their clothes and toys are purchased by their parents and can be changed and taken away at any moment. Their names, however, are their own. Some of them realize early on that these names have power, and that they themselves have power over those names.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sally A. Neff on September 27, 2011
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I sent this book to my daughter who lost her daughter, Elizabeth, to cancer 13 years ago at age 7. She loved the book so much. I always want Elizabeth to be remembered and this was a joyful way to do it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FIRR-Kids! on January 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love how simple this book is. Elizabeth speaks in that straightforward, short sentence way that only children can. She is happy with her life and herself and turns out that she isn't shy about speaking up.

Elizabeth loves her name, all nine letters of it. She wakes in the morning and proudly exclaims "My name is Elizabeth." though her only audience is her pet duck. She likes that a queen has been named after her (and not the other way around).That and some of the illustrations show that Elizabeth seems to be a bit of a character. She plops down in the sink basin to brush her teeth, wears funny hats, and owns a pet duck.

Elizabeth is such a great name, so why do people insist on shortening it up and using those ridiculous nicknames instead? She's not a Beth, Liz, or Lizzy and certainly not a Betsy. Elizabeth gets a bit more irritated with each nickname, until she loses her patience. She announces to the entire town (in really big letters) her FULL name. It turns out that Elizabeth has four middle names, so her full name is quite a mouthful. With a curtsy, she graciously adds "But you may call me Elizabeth." And everyone does.

I have no idea why Elizabeth has a pet duck, and the storyline does not address it. When Elizabeth dons her winter hat, she places a crown on the duck's head and he seems to wear it quite willingly. Even after his leash and collar fly off, he sticks close to Elizabeth's side. This is one well trained duck! He's got his own funny facial expressions and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if he wasn't equally offended by the nicknames. I wish his name had been provided, because I am sure it would have been funny.

I love that the entire book is done in just four colors: black, white, soft blue and a solid orange. A unique choice, the effect is both bold beautiful. The orange really stands out against that baby blue. Probably as much as Elizabeth and her duck stand out in that town.
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Format: Hardcover
My Name Is Elizabeth! doesn't look like a graphic novel. It looks like a picture book, with its square format and slightly retro two-color style. Open it up, though, and the characters' words come out in balloons rather than floating on the page. And that makes all the difference.

Elizabeth is a little girl who loves her name. She loves that it has nine letters, she loves the way her mouth feels when she says it, and she loves having the same name as a queen. What she doesn't love is people calling her other names. We see Elizabeth going about her day--having breakfast, walking to school--constantly correcting people who want to call her silly names like Beth or Lizzy. Finally, she stands up tall and tells the world "My NAME is ELIZABETH Alfreda Roxanne Carmelita Bluebell Jones!!"

Everyone stops dead in their tracks.

"But you may call me Elizabeth," she says, more calmly, and everyone gets it right after that.

Elizabeth is one of those self-confident little girls one runs across so often in children's literature. She has a lot to say and she stands her ground, and her slowly building exasperation is part of the fun of this book.

My Name Is Elizabeth! is a great book for early readers or for read-aloud. The vocabulary is limited, with lots of repetition, and most pages have just one or two word balloons. More important, there is no text outside the word balloons; every word in this book is spoken by someone. That makes it easier to read aloud, because the sequence is obvious. Matthew Forsythe's drawings are filled with fun little details, such as Elizabeth's haughty pet duck, that make this book a delight to read.

Reviewed by Brigid Alverson
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