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Isabella: Girl in Charge Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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"Fossberry's spunky spokeswoman for women knows her stuff, and she gives Isabella's mother some clever puns on the accomplishments of these historic women.
" - Books For Kids
"This books help shine a spotlight on history making female politicians. I love that is shows examples of real life women politicians in a fun way but also has a detailed timeline of the actual history of women in politics at the end.
" - Crafty Mama
"If you're looking for a gift to inspire the future female leader in your life, consider... Isabella: Girl in Charge...The illustrations fit the story well, and the book itself provides a great way to incorporate mini history lessons and to encourage girls to dream big. " - Motherhood Moment
"With a spunky female heroine as the star, it's no wonder Fosberry's "Isabella" series is so popular...a boisterous girl-power book for the ages." - Lee Littlewood, Creators Syndicate
"There's lots of fun wordplay ("Let's vote on breakfast." "Capital idea!") and cheerful artwork throughout this delightful, empowering picture book, ending with a time line and bios for each of these amazing women.
" - Good Reads with Ronna
"The heroine of My Name Is Not Isabella highlights pioneering women in American politics... Biographical background about each politico and a timeline of other female firsts round out a light introduction to women's role in U.S. political history. " - Publishers Weekly
"I think this book is a fantastic way to introduce kids, boys and girls alike, to some women who have shaped US history through their role in politics. I like the extended biographies at the end of the book, since many of these women were new names to me as well." - Growing My Kids Reviews
"I have read other books in the Isabella series, and I love how she imagines herself to be lots of different characters and even real people. It is interesting to learn about the many different ways a girl could grow up to be a leader. - Susan Faith, Age 8" - Kids Book Buzz
"Spending some part of your day teaching whomever you're reading this to about great women in the past, is super fun. The book brings out a great amount if discussion and can even become a fun history project for little ones.
" - Cassandra M's Place
About the Author
Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned children's book writer. After running away to Costa Rica for a few years, she returned to the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and three children to read, write, and try to get out of doing housework.
Mike Litwin is an award-winning illustrator who combines oil glazing, color pencil, collage, and other mixed media to create scenes that serve the imagination and education of children.
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Isabella: Girl in Charge, precocious Isabella insists she's not Isabella. She is Susanna, the first female mayor, she is Jeannette, the first female member of congress, she is Nellie, the first female governor. As they continue their trip, she embodies several more firsts, until her family reaches their destination, Washington, D.C. It's a big event: the inauguration of the first female president!
Following Isabella's story, Fosberry includes an informative timeline with many more firsts for women in political life. Isabella is energetic and impassioned. Mike Litwin's pictures capture her passion and hint at the history behind each of her proclamations. Someday, Isabella, we'll see a woman president! I vote for Condolleeza Rice! (Let's just hope it's not someone who got there simply by hanging onto her philandering husband's coattails, leaving a wake of corruption and scandal behind her as she pursued her self-serving, power-grabbing ambitions.)
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
The only problem I can see is that the target age range has to be moved up a bit, probably 6 - 10 year olds would be most effective. I think with slightly older kids, it can be very educational and fun at the same time.
However, the references to historical ladies in positions of power could only really be understood by adults. When you remove the historical references that the target audience wouldn't understand, you're left with a confusing story about a vacationing girl who tells her parents to call her by a new name on each page.
There are blurbs in the back about all of the women referenced in the story, so you can refresh yourself on that before explaining it to the kids. This is recommended for close one-on-one reading with a child who is feeling particularly patient that day.
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is about a young girl who is very interested in politics. She jumps into the characters of famous women in politics. I think this would be a wonderful book for a young girl who is interested in government and women. This book is especially relevant with the nomination of the first woman by a major political party. I would recommend this book to girls around my girls' ages, 8-12 ish. The words were easy enough to understand but weren't too juvenile. If it were my girls reading it, they would probably need help with a few words, but I feel like this would open doors to more conversation. This book also has beautiful illustrations.