Sally Ride was the first woman in space, and saying that the space she’s left behind is hard to fill is an understatement. But we’ve found a beautiful kids’ book to help your little girl dream big, just like Sally.
My Name Is Not Isabella, written by Jennifer Fosberry and illustrated by Mike Litwin, tells the story of a little girl named Isabella imaging herself as great women of history. From Sally Ride to Rosa Parks and Marie Curie to…Mommy, Isabella discovers that she possesses the same strength of spirit as the women who changed the world.
When we opened the book to the line, “I am Sally, the greatest, toughest astronaut who ever was!” my five-year-old turned to me with a dropped jaw. “You mean girls can go to space?” she asked, and I gladly found the portrait and biography in back, anxious to explain how brave Sally really was. It’s so marvelous to read a book that makes my daughter ask questions and think about all the possibilities awaiting her.
I think the first page says it all:
This book belongs to
the sweetest, kindest, smartest, bravest, fastest, toughest, greatest girl that ever was.
My daughter wrote her name on the line in wobbly pink marker, and she says that she’s going to Mars one day. Being a strong, brave woman is one heck of a legacy. Thanks Sally. And thank you Jennifer Fosberry. ~Delilah