The book is called My Name is Elizabeth!
Author: Annicka Dunklee
Illustrator: Matthew Forsythe
4-color • 9 x 9 • 24 pages Ages: 3 to 7 Grades: PreSchool to 2
Hard cover Jacket ISBN:978-1-55453-560-6
Fountas & Pinnell G
Grade Level 1
Reading Recovery 11-12
About the book:
Meet Elizabeth. She's got a pet duck, a loving granddad and an awesome first name. After all, she's got a queen named after her! So she's really not amused when people insist on using nicknames like "Lizzy" and "Beth." She bears her frustration in silence until an otherwise ordinary autumn day, when she discovers her power to change things once and for all. In the process, Elizabeth learns about communication and respect — and their roles in building better relationships with family and friends. The two-toned illustrations reflect the story's energy and sass, and the comic-book-like format makes it easy to follow. The cheeky, retro drawings also keep it real — depicting the sometimes-feisty Elizabeth as a resolutely normal kid — whether she's flossing her teeth or feeding her pet duck.
My Review: This book is very colourful and the illustrations are just eye-catching. It really puts forth the importance of being self-confident and having respect for yourself. Everyone at some point in their lives comes home with a nickname, and sometimes it is one we don't like at all. Elizabeth stands up to those individuals and makes sure they call her by her proper name. She shows love for her name and how it is important to her in every way...even a queen shares the same name with her. Pride in your name helps you respect yourself. Names are given because they have a meaning to your parents whether it be sentimental or not. No matter the number of letters in your name you should love it because it makes you who you are. This book teaches children to stand up for themselves when they don't like how people are addressing them and doing so in a means of communication so as to create understanding and respect. It was a hit with 4 year old Princess B because she herself has communication issues when it comes to her new classmates this year pronouncing her name properly...after all "B" and D" when an "r" follows do sound similar...NOT! I seen a lot of Princess B in "Elizabeth" the attitude and tenacity are certainly there as well as the need to show how important she is to everyone. Overall a definite good reader when it comes to teaching communication and respect for one's self. I think the next time I read it with Princess B we will discuss the ways Elizabeth could have reached out to others regarding her name, as well as manners.
Disclaimer: I received these books from Kids Can Press for the purpose of writing a review of the them, free of charge. There was no monetary gains made on my part. The opinions expressed here at strictly that of mine and you are free to make your own judgement.