#365PictureBooks Day 13 Rosie Revere, Engineer

“Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose  comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal — to fly — Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her heli-o-cheese-copter doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.” Publisher description

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Filled with illustrator David Roberts’ fun and expressive artwork, this empowering story is full of great lessons about perseverance and dreaming big with a little history about women in aviation sprinkled in for good measure!” Amightygirl.com

See author website for videos and teachers guides to use with this book.

Not only a fabulous book to use when talking about inventions, it is also fab for demonstrating that failure is part of the creative process, and failure is OK as long as you don’t quit too soon.

You did it! Hooray! It’s the perfect first try!

The great flop is over. It’s time for the next!”

Young Rosie was baffled, embarrassed, perplexed.

“I Failed,” said dear Rosie. “It’s just made of trash.

Didn’t you see it? the cheese-copter crashed.”

“Yes!” said her great aunt. “It crashed. That is true.

But first it did just what it needed to do.

Before it crashed, Rosie…

before that…

it flew!”

More importantly this is a book that demonstrates that girls CAN do anything! Drawing on the imagery associated with wartime icon Rosie the riveter, the book will be a great launch pad to talk about the roles women played in the Second World War and in the history and development of flight.

Rosie the Riveter


For other books and resources including themed booklists (e.g. immigration, war and conflict), I do recommend the amightygirl.com website – it is a great antidote to the ‘princess in pink’ culture and has an abundance of book and film suggestions aimed at empowering girls. The booklists are helpful for inquiry generally, not just for issues about girls and women.

Bibliographic details:

Rosie Revere, Engineer / Written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts

Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013

32 pages


NZ RRP $25.99

Buy from good independent booksellers and library suppliers or borrow from Auckland Libraries

Related to: Iggy Peck, Architect

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