While reading The Saggy Baggy Elephant with Miss M for Day 3 of 30 Books of Kindness, she told me that Sooki's adventure reminded her of a book she had read in health class, Invisible Isabelle. She proceeded to tell me all about it, and from her description, I could tell this book was made for my daughter.
Have I ever told you that the FIRST thing Miss M learned
to sign when she was a baby was how to say she didn't like something?
Shortly after learning the sign, she would sign and repeat to me "NO
LIKE MAMA!" as I would try to get her dressed for school. Eventually, I
just let her pick out her own clothing. On most days, throughout
preschool, she looked like Punky Brewster's little sister. If it
matched, she wasn't having it. Each outfit had to contain her own
special assortment of colors, stripes, and polka dots. And each outfit
she came up with was awesome. Now that she is in Kindergarten, I can see
her struggle with the pressures of conformity already. She will ask to
wear something because someone else wore something similar.
Invisible Isabelle is written and illustrated by Wendy Lynn Sefcik. It is the story of a spunky, artistic, and creative girl named Isabelle that gets made fun of by her classmates for the funky clothing she designed and wore to school. Upset by their name calling, little Isabelle tries to make herself look like the other kids, but in her attempt to conform she becomes invisible. It takes the encouragement of her art teacher, Miss Fizzle, for Isabelle to become proud on her individuality and self-expression.
I was so
excited that the story of Invisible Isabelle left an imprint on her
because I think her fashion sense if impeccable when she chooses things
Check out the website for the book or watch a video reading of the story:
And here is Miss M's review of the story: