Isabel Archer (Portrait of a Lady) Isabel Archer is the heroine of Henry James novel, The Portrait of a Lady, first published in book form in 1881. A beautiful, intelligent and independent young American abroad, whose life is eased by a fortuitous inheritance, she longs to live a life of freedom and adventure. Although pursued by several worthy suitors, it is Isabel’s bad fortune to fall in love with Gilbert Osmond, a European dilettante who is only interested in her money. She imagines him to be better and of finer character than he really is, and determines to marry him against the advice of her family and friends. When his true character is revealed to her after marriage, her dilemma is paralyzing. Shall she admit her mistake, leave her marriage and try again to find happiness in the world, or shall she adhere to the Victorian double standard of living by a strict code of appearance for appearance’s sake? Isabel’s ultimate choice has left readers debating both sides for over one hundred years.
Isabel - a song by John Denver
Isabel - a song by Luis Miguel [Spanish language]
Isabel - a song by Mason Jennings
Sweet Isabel - a song by Enrique Iglesias
A Balloon for Isabel (Deborah Underwood) - Every animal receives a balloon on graduation day – except for the porcupines Isabel and Walter (their quills don’t mix well with inflatables for obvious reasons). The teacher promises a bookmark instead, but the two porcupines long for a balloon. Authentic dialogue, a touch of humor and Isabel's ingenious invention make this tale of desire and determination a keeper. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Adventures of Isabel (Ogden Nash) - The feisty, unflappable Isabel defeats giants and other threatening creatures with ease, and to the lively comic cadences of Ogden Nash ("Don't scream when the bugaboo says 'Boo!' / Just look it in the eye and say, 'Boo to you!' "). Recommended for ages 3-6.
Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One (Kate Duke) - When Aunt Isabel makes up a story for her niece Penelope, the tale she tells of Lady Nell and Prince Augustus is occasionally clichéd but redeemed by a clever ending. As the young mouse helps her aunt weave the plot, Isabel provides a gentle lesson in story-making. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Isabel of the Whales (Hester Velmans) - Isabel has always felt that she is someone special. While her ordinary life with family and friends near Provincetown, MA, says otherwise, the 11-year-old proves her point by falling off a boat during a whale watch. Instead of drowning, she becomes a humpback whale. An excellent choice for readers who enjoy animal stories. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Isabel Saves the Prince: Based on a True Story of Isabel I of Spain (Joan Holub) - Young Isabel loves her peaceful life. But when the king summons her and her brother, Alfonso, to live with him, Isabel knows they have no choice but to go. She is worried because the king's way of life is very different -- what if she and her brother don't fit in? Then the king's men accuse Alfonso of treason, and Isabel knows she must step up and do what's right -- for her brother and for Spain. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Isabel's Car Wash (Sheila Bair) - It’s never too early to teach your children the value of money. This is a story for budding entrepreneurs like Isabel who has a car wash in order to raise the necessary funds to get the doll she wants. Isabel's simple story about risk and reward takes an intimidating topic and makes it accessible and fun for the next generation of investors. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Isabel's House of Butterflies (Tony Johnston) - Every year in autumn, monarch butterflies migrate to the mountainous area of Mexico where Isabel and her family live, returning to roost in the single tree outside their house. After a poor harvest, though, Isabel's father sadly decides that he must chop down the tree and sell its wood to buy food. Remembering her beloved butterflies, Isabel comes up with a plan that gives her family hope that they can spare the tree and still survive. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Isabel's Texas Two-Step (Annie Bryant) - Isabel's sister Elena Maria is turning fifteen, and the Martinez family is planning her quinceañera -- at Uncle Hector's ranch in San Antonio! Recommended for ages 9-12.
Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466 (Carolyn Meyer) - A fictionalized diary of teenaged Princess Isabel of Castilla (better known to Americans as Isabella, the queen who sponsored Columbus) that ends just before her marriage to Fernando II in 1469. It is a story of intrigue, as Isabel strives to remain on good terms with both her controlling half-brother, King Enrique, and her younger sibling, the rebel King Alfonso. It is also a tale of romance, as unwelcome matches for the princess are made and broken until she finally weds the man of her choice. Much detail is given of life in the mid-15th century. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Isabel: Taking Wing (Annie Dalton) - Twelve-year-old Isabel Campion chafes at the restrictions placed on girls living in her late-sixteenth-century London neighborhood. After she sneaks away to see a play at the Rose Theater and is caught coming home late, her father decides to send her to live with a widowed aunt. Aunt de Vere, a knowledgeable herbalist, proves an unexpected ally, and the skills and maturity that Isabel learns during her stay prove to be both useful and appreciated by the Campion family. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Isabel - Isabel Allende (Chilean author); Isabel Martínez de Perón (former President of Argentina); Isabel Sanford (actress)
Famous People who Named their Daughter Isabel - Annette Bening (actress); Christine Baranski (actress); Jacques Barzun (historian); Julie Foudy (soccer player); Tina Brown (journalist/editor); Warren Beatty (actor)