Curious Isabella

Embracing A Challenge With Art And Science

Children - Educational
49 Pages
Reviewed on 11/04/2022
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Author Biography

Jeanne Holmberg loves to put a fun spin on learning for ages 2 - 18! Jeanne’s books are ideal for busy families and busy teachers because they promote rich discussion and active learning for a wide variety of interests and ability levels.

Jeanne was inspired to write “Curious Isabella, Embracing A Challenge With Art And Science” because learning opportunities should be more than just single subject worksheets. Offering multiple outlets to discuss and explore inspires young students to enjoy learning. Because each child is unique, finding what interests them most is often the key to learning.

Jeanne has received five-star reviews for her books "Crush Math Anxiety With Drones", "Curious Isabella", "Drawing The Alphabet", and "Learn To Count With An Octopus Named Oogle". New releases include "My Box Of Toys, No Batteries Needed" and "My Favorite Things, And What My Friends Like Too".

Before embarking on her writing adventures, Jeanne enjoyed life and learning as an educational leader, actuarial analyst, research chemist and volunteer at a local children’s museum. When she is not writing, Jeanne is inspired by spending time outdoors with her Scottish Terrier named Rocky, reading historical fiction, and surrounding herself with family and friends. Jeanne lives by the inspirational quote “Live well, laugh often, love much” by Bessie Anderson Stanley. If she could add one more thought to Bessie Anderson Stanley’s inspirational quote it would be: “Live well, laugh often, love much” and learn all along the way.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Curious Isabella: Embracing A Challenge With Art And Science by Jeanne Holmberg is an educational children's book that makes learning easy for children. Ten-year-old Isabella loves to take pictures of everything, like her mom, her brother, flowers in the garden, her dog Nibbles, and her neighbor's cat Loki. While sharing her photos in class, her teacher, Miss Lucy, encourages her to add something new and different to her collection. Thinking about her teacher's challenge, she takes a picture of the blotches in a tree. Curious about the blotches, she tries to find out what they are and learns that they are lichens. She earns a ribbon from Miss Lucy as a photographer and scientist by sharing her photos in school and explaining about lichens. The book's second part is about educational activities that children should find enjoyable and exciting.

Jeanne Holmberg's Curious Isabella: Embracing A Challenge With Art And Science is a beautifully laid out and cheerful book. It reminds readers that learning about new things is fun. Curious Isabella is a brilliant reading choice for your child's first day of school or for a parent trying to get their child ready to start a new school year. The book's first part should catch your child's attention because Isabella is an interesting and relatable character. The words and visual activities that follow are equally motivating. Children can increase their vocabulary by having fun with the activities. For parents with children of any reading level, this book should inspire curiosity and a love of learning in children. Highly recommended!


I absolutely loved reading Curious Isabella. The suggested activities reach so many different skill, interest, and ability levels giving children a wide range of choices to explore science and art. The probing questions motivate young children to wonder, speculate, experiment, create, and learn through imagination and play.