Rosie Revere, Engineer Perfect Paperback – May 5, 2010
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I love reading to children and love great books. This book is a must have book in all children’s libraries. Why?
• The book is a larger book. Perfect for reading out loud to a group of children or to one child sitting next to you
• the story is written with an artistic flair for the written word. It’s like a song and a poem had a baby and out comes Rosie Revere Engineer.
• Postive message: about being different, about never giving up, it’s about multi-generations of girl power!
• if you get all of the creators books you’ll begin to notice really cute drawings in the pages that connect the books together.
•New York Times best seller.
This book is also great because there is a need to show our children that women and girls are more than princesses.
Previous reviewers compared Rosie to Iggy, complaining that Iggy was portrayed as bold, confident, and a natural, wishing Rosie was written similarly. How boring that would have been! We have all three of Andrea Beaty's books about Miss Lila Greer's second grade class at Blue River Creek, and appreciate that all the main characters are different. Just because Iggy is a boy or Rosie is blonde or Ada is a POC, my brunette, blue-eyed daughter still finds them all relatable.
For those of you who are raising children who are not always extroverted or 100% confident, this is a great book. A bit of warning, though. This line?
"Before it crashed, Rosie... before that... It flew."
Gets me every time. You've been warned.
Andrea Beaty has written a children's novel for children and adults alike. It features an endearing character, Rosie, and her desperate hope of becoming an engineer. It's a whimsical tale told with lyrical words and gorgeous art. It's inspiring, moving, and might even be my favorite children's book I've ever read. Just don't tell Corduroy. I really appreciated that young Rosie has big dreams and even though the dream seems too big, it takes just one person and the perfect words to spark her spirit once again after a failure leads her to calling it quits. I absolutely recommend this children's short and will be purchasing it, and the other two books, for all future baby shower and kid's birthday gifts.
I bought this as a gift for my niece, but made sure to read it prior so I'd get the flow/rhythm of it before reading it aloud to her.
It is SO SWEET, and delivers such a powerful message—I found myself getting choked up towards the end. I almost wanted to keep it for myself! It would've meant so much to have had this type of literature when I was a kid, and that's how I knew it was essential that I read it (and gift it) to my niece.
Oh yeah, and the message. THE MESSAGE! :-) Girl Power, baby. But not overtly. Rosie is NEVER ridiculed because she's a girl. Her challenges have NOTHING whatsoever to do with gender. But she IS a girl. And her new hero and mentor IS an iconic WOMAN. And that's what I wanted. A protagonist with whom my own little girl might identify. Awesome. Super Highly Recommended. Along with Ms Beaty's "Ada Twist, Scientist" - another huge winner.
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However, whilst the book does end with a positive message about perseverance, I feel there's a part which is overlooked which is more subtle to explain to younger children.
Rosie makes an invention for her uncle and his reaction is to laugh so hard. Her understandable reaction is that he's laughing at her. The book goes on to say that he loves the invention, but the issue about why he initially laughed was not addressed. Rosie then decides to give up inventing, not because it failed to work (there's no mention of that) but simply because her uncle, and the animals, were so amused with her invention that she presumed she was no good.
It's such a weird set-up to the final act, which is about how she eventually tries to help her aunt to fly. Again, her aunt bursts out laughing too which flairs up her self-doubts. But it's left to the reader, ie the adult, to explain a child why an adult's reaction to something so creative and impressive might be laughter - it's not that obvious really.
In my opinion the awkward way in which the author tries to induce Rosie's self-doubts actually gets in the way of the otherwise strong message about perseverance in general.
This book is a must for all children who have a fear of failing. It teaches then that a failure is a way of learning, is to be expected and not feared, and that the next thing to do is to have another go.