I love books that will spark discussions with my boys - especially in ways that are fun and through stories that are engaging and not didactic. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty was a recent gift for Pickle, and I was so excited to receive it because it had been on my booklist for a while. It was well worth the wait!! This book has a bit more text than other picture books, so it is definitely more appropriate for an older set- toddlers and kids beginning elementary school - who won't get restless with the story.
Rosie presents a classic problem: a little girl with big dreams who wants nothing more than to create brilliant inventions. Yet she gets laughed at for her contraptions and, believing she is a failure, she sadly gives up. But then one day, an idea from her aunt (who just happens to be based on Rosie the Riveter!) won't leave her alone, so she tries one more time and finally succeeds.
The lively illustrations include tons of tools and other gizmos - so many, in fact, that you can engage reluctant readers by playing a seek and find game as you read the witty rhyming text. If your kids are a little older, you can also use this book to teach a bit of history based on the Rosie the Riveter storyline. Most importantly, though, this story beautifully illustrates that sometimes we have to experience failure before the sweet taste of success- a lesson that all of our children need to be reminded. After all, as Rosie teaches us, you can only truly fail if you quit. Two thumbs up for Rosie Revere!
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