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My Name Is Elizabeth! Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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What a fun book about names! Perfect for my own Elizabeth who doesn't go by any of the Elizabeth nicknames. Love the twist at the end of this one.Published 9 months ago by Kate Byroade
I am nine and my dad got this book for me a few years ago. My name is Elizabeth. I really like this book. My teacher read it to my first grade class, and I still enjoy reading it.Published 12 months ago by Zbo2
Fantastic effort by both Annika Dunklee and Matt Forsythe! Big fan of their work. The story illustrations knit together seamlessly.Published 12 months ago by Benton Brown
I have a daughter who goes by Elizabeth (sometimes Lily by us, her immediate family). She LOVES this book...and reminds us that her name IS Elizabeth.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
My 4 year old and I have had a lot of fun with this bookPublished 21 months ago by Sir Howard of OKC
Terribly disappointed. Felt like it should have had at least 5 more pages to it to possibly create a bit of a story.Published on December 8, 2013 by ROBIN
Being an Elizabeth, I loved this book. An easy way to explain to children the difference between your identity and role in life. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Elizabeth Chicago
The kids love the book and so do I! I enjoy reading the book with the preschoolers, they love repeating her name. She has a great name.Published on February 20, 2013 by Renee Uyeunten