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Rosie Revere, Engineer Hardcover – 1 Sep 2013
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Rosie should indeed be revered: why, she s practically a poster girl for positivity and empowerment. And we re all in favour of gals excelling in the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Way to go, Rosie! --Catherine O Dolan My Little Style File
"The words and pictures are equally beautiful. The story is inspiring and Rosie is awesome!" --Magpie That Blog
a book with great sense of rhythm and lots to discuss that could encourage girls to experiment, invent and get things wrong without worrying about it. Halleluiah! --The Bookbag
About the Author
Andrea Beaty is the author of Secrets of the Cicada Summer; Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies; When Giants Come to Play, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes; and Iggy Peck, Architect. David Roberts has illustrated many children's books, including Iggy Peck, Achitect and Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story. He was runner-up for the prestigious Mother Goose Award for children’s illustration. He lives in London where, when not drawing, he likes to make hats.
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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.
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