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Isabella: Girl on the Go by Jennifer Fosberry and Illustrated by Mike Litwin
Published by Sourcebooks
Pages: 32
Ages: Picture Book
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Publishers Summary:

The precocious, purple-haired traveler spends the day playing with her dad as she pretends everyday things (like the sandbox) are extraordinary places. Isabella ends the day in her own home-sweet-home, the most wonderful place to be. Travel around the world to places like:
•Pyramids of Giza
•Eiffel Tower
•Great Wall of China
•Chichen Itza
•Big Ben
•Statue of Liberty

Littlebug and Turkeybird Squawk: So we both really like this book and Isabella and mom thought it would be good to talk about it together, but Littlebug keeps telling me Isabella is a “girl” book. It’s not! It’s a super cool book about this girl who goes everywhere!

We both like the part with the flash light because we both think flashlights are so super fun. Mom said she’s pretending to be the Statue of Liberty, but we think that’s really far away from us. Maybe we can visit there together when we get really older.

Isabella is such a neat girl because she goes all over the world in a day! We both think that would be so neat and keep practicing to do the same thing when we play together now. We just need to learn more about all the places to go! Mom!…

Mom’s Two Cents: Isabella isn’t your typical little girl; she’s a Queen, an artist, a warrior and most importantly filled with an imagination that takes her around the globe. Her adventures begin in her backyard and ends in the most important place ever, home. As she helps her dad around the house Isabella turns the ordinary into the extraordinary making an adventure out of even the simplest of tasks.

This truly has been a fun adventure to read with both Littlebug and Turkeybird. If I’m being one hundred percent honest when I initially picked up the book I thought that Littlbug would connect more with Isabella than Turkeybird. This isn’t only because of the obvious reason, the gender thing, but also because sometimes Turkeybird (or “TBird” as he’s now asking to be called) doesn’t always do well with imaginative play. Isabella: Girl on the Go by Jennifer Fosberry is a story that’s based largely on the idea of imaginative play as well as the idea that there’s adventure & opportunity waiting just outside our doors or in this case her backyard. Prior to reading Isabella: Girl on the Go Littlebug was quite good at individual imaginative play and could often be found playing in her kitchen with her dolls, often in pretend places as well, but TBird not so much. Since reading and enjoying it so much both of them can be found together pretending to head off to places I’ve sometimes never even heard of. It’s wonderful!

One of the other aspects of Isabella: Girl on the Go that I appreciated was the idea of “dreaming big”. I’ve long been someone who believes you can accomplish just about anything you set your mind to and I hope to instill this belief in my children. I’d love to see them discover new things to explore and enjoy and become, whatever their hearts desire. What Isabella does is share that idea of dreaming and accomplishing. Sure, she can’t physically be at the Eiffel Tower during that moment in her backyard, but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming and who’s to say she won’t go there some day because of it? Because of this both kiddos have asked about going to these places and if they exist. We’ve spent some time now exploring the internet and looking at real pictures of the pyramids and the great wall of China and talked about how they can actually visit those places in real life. Both of their eyes widen at the prospect, it’s fantastic and I love seeing them as their minds grasp these incredible ideas.

Isabella: Girl on the Go by Jennifer Fosberry is a story about a girl who is anything but typical. In Isabella’s world everyday is an adventure, no matter if she’s playing in her backyard or inside the walls of her home. This is a picture book for those who love to dream big and live life to the fullest or simply those that would like to pass that along to their own children. It’s also a fantastic resource for helping to share the concepts around imaginative play and especially helpful for those that struggle with that concept. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this addition to the Isabella & Alexander books and cannot wait for another adventure with this marvelous little girl created by the talented Jennifer Fosberry.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 to 10. Share a love of exploration and imagination with kiddos that will ignite their curiosity about the world around them.

Neat My Name Is Not Isabella Video on the making of the book:

Activity Kits (Links go directly to PDFs):
Isabella: Girl on the Go
Passport (Black & White)
Passport (Full Color)

Find Isabella: Girl on the Go by Jennifer Fosberry and Illustrated by Mike Litwin at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

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10 Responses to Book Review: Isabella: Girl on the Go by Jennifer Fosberry

  1. Darshana says:

    I do enjoy this book. I love the message that you can go anywhere with the power of imagination. Will have to read the first book in this series. Thanks for the thorough review and activity links.

  2. Rossalie says:

    This book really looks interesting…Anyway, thank you for the video you have provided here for us…I am sure this can help…

  3. PragmaticMom says:

    Love this world traveling picture book!

  4. I like girl characters with a sense of adventure.

  5. This sounds excellent. I will definitely recommend it to my friend with a very young daughter.

  6. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing with us this lovely review, I am sure that my little princess love it too…

  7. NateDizzleFoShizzle says:

    Book is really neat. my brother bought it for his daughter with the samme name. 🙂

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