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Rosie Revere, Engineer Hardcover – September 3, 2013

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K-Gr 2–Young Rosie is always trying to solve problems with her inventions. Shy and quiet, she resists talking about her dream to become a great engineer when a favorite uncle laughs at one of the gizmos she designs especially for him. But when Great-Great Aunt Rose shows up for an extended stay sporting a red polka-dotted scarf à la Rosie the Riveter, she regales her niece with stories of her experiences building airplanes during World War II. She wistfully declares, “The only thrill left on my list is to fly!/But time never lingers as long as it seems./I'll chalk that one up to an old lady's dreams.” This is an itch that Rosie has to scratch, so she sets about designing a unique contraption to help her aunt take to the skies. Of course, it doesn't turn out as planned, but Rose helps Rosie see that it was a success, despite its short air time. By the end of the story, Rosie is wearing the same polka-dotted scarf around her head. Rosie's second-grade teacher, Ms. Greer, is a lot more encouraging and open-minded about the power of creation and creativity than she was in Iggy Peck, Architect (Abrams, 2007). Roberts's charming watercolor and ink illustrations are full of whimsical details. The rhyming text may take a few practice shots before an oral reading just to get the rhythm right, but the story will no doubt inspire conversations with children about the benefits of failure and the pursuit of dreams.–Maggie Chase, Boise State University, IDα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This celebration of creativity and perseverance is told through rhyming text, which gives momentum and steady pacing to a story, consistent with the celebration of its heroine, Rosie. She’s an imaginative thinker who hides her light under a bushel (well, really, the bed) after being laughed at for one of her inventions. Then she finds encouragement from a great-great aunt whose laughter is a celebration rather than a judgment. The pairing of the wisdom of an older woman and the enthusiasm of a young girl works beautifully. Roberts’ colorful watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations, overflowing with debris, gadgets, and inventions like helium pants, are as lively as the text and Rosie herself. The graph papers on the cover and end pages are reminders that creativity requires deliberate thought (Rosie’s aunt gives her a notebook before they begin each invention). A historical note at the back of the book connects Rosie to her namesake, Rosie the Riveter, with her slogan, “We can do it!” Young readers will already be convinced. Grades K-2. --Edie Ching
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: AD860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419708457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419708459
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (616 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I sat down to read it to my 4 year old daughter because the cover looked fun. I wasn't prepared for the life lessons in it for her and for me. With an engaging story that kept her attention and illustrations you could look at over and over again, I found myself reading with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as Rosie battled her fear of failure to do great great things. This book is as much for mommies and daddies as their little ones. I may just read it daily.
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By V. Evans on November 25, 2013
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This is my new favorite book! My four year old daughter loves it as well, thank goodness, even though it's a bit beyond her level. Within a few days of getting this book she started drawing labeled diagrams of things she could build - I would love it if she kept that up! I wish there were more girl-empowerment books like this - the kind that boys can enjoy just as much as girls because they are just good stories, and that completely ignore stereotypical gender roles rather than actively trying to refute them (no one needs to tell my daughter "girls can do anything" at this point in her life, because the idea that there are any limits based on gender has never even crossed her mind).

As a strange aside, I'm currently reading the adult self-help book "Mindset", and this book has basically the same message. A great lesson for children and adults.
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My little 5 year old girl loved this! It was simply transformative. She SAW through this media channel (books) that girls are smart enough to be Engineers, a word she typically hears associated with her brother or male cousins. Since this book she has been on a building / tinkering phase which I am happy to encourage. Little girls are lost too young to the S.T.E.M. fields because of overwhelming cultural cues and media messages that say little girls are cute, do ballet and cheer, maybe play soccer while the boys play with legos, remote control cars and become engineers. It does not have to be this way. Please join me in lobbying this author to create a series with this character.
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I bought this after reading the reviews. I was a little cautious because the negative reviews implied a number of lessons I did not necessarily want to provide my granddaughter. Well, some of those reviewers either received a completely different book, or have some grudge against real life and positive messages. The book is about a young, shy girl who makes her own gadgets out of junked items. Yes, an Uncle laughs at her spray cheese can hat device to keep snakes away. And, yes the uncle is a zoo keeper. And, the uncle's laughter hurts her feelings and causes her to stop working on her inventions for a while. But, the story is about bouncing back from disappointments and failures, not about a mythical perfect world where all Uncles are perfect and there are no zoos, and helicoptering parents are ever present to protect you. So, an Aunt also laughs at Rosie's flying machine invention failure. And, Rosie is disappointed and decides to stop inventing. But, the Aunt's laughter is based on amazement, or enthusiasm, or perhaps just on seeing a spinning cheese spraying contraption try to fly. The Aunt embraces Rosie and her failed machine and teaches her that failure is part of the process of succeeding. So, this is good book that promotes a good lesson. (I have to admit there seems to be a strong canned spray cheese component since that shows up in two "inventions". But, perhaps it is better to use that supposed food product as a flying/snake repelling device than as food.)
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What a great story! We love reading it as much as our 2 year old daughter. Such a good lesson for all kids, but especially young girls, and I love that it encourages interest in science and math. It has become a staple in my gift-giving closet!
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Iggy Peck is one of our family's favorite books, so it was natural that this new book by the same author and illustrator would catch our interest.

The first part of the story feels very similar to Iggy Peck, so I was a little worried where the book would take us. As we read on, it unfolded into its own wonderfulness around such a simple life lesson, girls, and women with a dash of history, all without being doused in glitter, pink, and cupcakes that most girl-centric books can't seem to do without these days.
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My husband in an engineer so we got this book for him from our 2 month old daughter. He must have read it to her a dozen times already. He loves the rythmn and the uplifting message!
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I have two girls - ages 3 and 5. They are all about princesses most (ok, all) of the time. I ordered this book hoping to introduce some science and engineering into their imaginations. This book hits the mark in a big way. We got it in the mail yesterday. We read it 3 times before bed last night.

The story is fun and written well, with a rhyming tempo much like many of their other favorite books. The illustrations are great. And most importantly, the message is spot on and delivered in a way that a little girl can understand it.

Very happy I purchased this book. I'm sure it will become a staple in the bedtime book rotation.
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