Primary Genre(s): Children’s Picture Book
Published: 3 Sep 2013 by Harry N. Abrams
Page count: 32
My Format: Physical book purchase
Would I recommend it: Absolutely
Commission Link: Buy Rosie Revere, Engineer
My rating: ★★★★★
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal–to fly–Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fl y but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.
I honestly don’t know how this book escaped my notice until now! As an engineer myself, I love finding children’s books that encourage STEM fields in any way. I was recently shopping for books for my granddaughter’s 3rd birthday gift and lo and behold!! I found Rosie! Here are my pros and cons for Rosie Revere, Engineer:
- The synopsis really tells you everything you need to know about the story. But, I will say that the story isn’t necessarily a “girl-power” book and it doesn’t really focus on encouraging females to go into engineering. The child in the book just happens to be female. What the story does emphasize is the importance of learning from failure and never giving up! I have passed this message on to many young employees and engineering students over the years. You absolutely will learn more from the things you try that do not work than the things you try that do! Of course, no one ever wants to fail, but learning from failure and not giving up is the key.
- Another moral of this story is to not let others discourage or derail your dreams. Just because someone else doesn’t understand what you are trying to accomplish, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is wrong.
- I loved the illustrations (by David Roberts) and graph paper is used for the end pages. GRAPH PAPER! I love graph paper! (Yes, I know the engineer in me is showing, but ahhh… graph paper!!! 🙂 )
- I love the introduction of Rosie the Riveter into the story.
- The story is written in verse and I thought it flowed very nicely. I think kids would like it.
Life might have its failures, but this was not it. The only true failure can come if you quit. – Great-Great-Aunt Rose
This book is part of a series called the Questioneers Picture Books. Other books in the series include Ada Twist, Scientist, Iggy Peck, Architect, and Sofia Valdez, Future Prez. There are also project books available! Rosie’s is called Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers. This project book has over 40 “things to invent, draw, and make” and continues the lesson that “failure, flops, mess-ups and cross-outs” are okay and part of the fun! I want them all!
I can’t wait to give this book to my granddaughter… but at the same time I kind of want to keep it for myself and display it in my office at work. I think I might just have to buy another copy!
I’d recommend this book to any child with a healthy curiosity in how things work or a child that might need to hear that mistakes are okay as long as we keep trying and learning.
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(image from Goodreads)