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on September 3, 2013
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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on November 25, 2013
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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on November 30, 2013
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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on October 12, 2014
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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on November 24, 2013
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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on September 5, 2013
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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on February 20, 2014
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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on December 23, 2013
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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on September 5, 2013
It doesn't matter whether your little one is going to grow up to be an engineer, artist, dancer, musician, etc.... The lessons in this book are powerful ones and they hit home. Don't give up. Count your successes. Failure is a natural part of the process. Don't be ashamed to dream.

Having read this to our daughter twice the same night, you can tell that it got her wheels turning. I especially liked the reference to Rosie the Riveter (kids won't understand it, but I love the fact that the authors put the reference in there nonetheless).

The book is short enough for a 3-year old and yet may be captivating enough for a slightly older crowd as well. We are very happy to have added it to our personal library.
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on January 5, 2015
We bought this book for our 4.5 year old daughter. It is a great book. The rhythm and rhyme make it really fun to read and the illustrations are really interesting and warrant lingering over. The overall message of the book is to not give up and that failures/flops are a necessary part of trying something new.

I read a number of reviews that complained about how the uncle laughs at her invention, and I wanted to touch on that. The context for this is that she invents a hat to protect him from snakes. A main feature of this hat is that it sprays spray-cheese all over the place. It's funny. Rosie didn't intend for it to be funny and is hurt by the laughter, but the uncle is quick to say he loves the hat (although Rosie refuses to believe him). My daughter finds this situation very relatable. Kids often find themselves accidentally funny and often the adults around them fail to play it cool. My daughter is particularly sensitive to these situations.The book gave us the opportunity to talk about how sometimes things are funny, even when they aren't meant to be and when people laugh, it's not intended to be mean. It's something inventors often face, I imagine, and knowing that it shouldn't dictate how you proceed is a good thing.

Overall, this book offers a view of a young girl who invents. You see her get discouraged and, later, overcome that discouragement. She learns that failure happens, and is even necessary and good. All that to a lovely rhyme and with great pictures means it is sure to be read over and over again.
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