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Ronna Mandel reviews Isabella, Girl On The Go
Let’s take a trip around the world and, best of all, no passports or visas are required. Join Isabella, a spunky young girl now starring in the second book of her series; Isabella: Girl On The Go ($16.99, Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky, ages 4 and up) by Jennifer Fosberry with pictures by Mike Litwin.
Kids first met Isabella in My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?, a New York Times‘ bestseller and now Fosberry’s decided to travel the globe letting Isabella’s imagination soar across oceans and continents. We don’t need a boat or a plane, just an imagination like Isabella’s. Her playful spirit kicks into overdrive as she keeps her dad company in the backyard. Her sandbox and surroundings are soon the Sphinx in Egypt where she’s an archaeologist searching for “the tombs of a king.” She leaves behind pyramids for Paris to paint a picture of the Eiffel Tower and continues her journey to take in an empire (in China) and “the longest, strongest wall.” Take Fosberry’s super story and mix in the wonderfully whimsical artwork from Litwin and you’ve got your ticket to ride.
What I like most about Isabella is her ability to turn a garden into a glorious city like Paris or anywhere else in the world for that matter! All it takes is a dream, a supportive parent, the comforts of home and lots, and lots of love.