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#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

Image source: Publisher

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

Source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/tom-margie/1417828321/

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

ISBN:9781419708459

NZ RRP $25.99

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

Related to: Iggy Peck, Architect

#365PictureBooks Day 4 – The most magnificent thing by Ashley Spires

 

Another favourite from 2014 – a hit with both kids and teachers. Not only does this fit with several units of inquiry that look at inventions, innovation and creativity, it provides a wonderful glimpse into the attitudes of perseverance and *grit, it can also serve as an antidote to perfectionism showing kids that sometimes ‘just right’ or ‘good enough’ (when you have tried and failed and tweaked and tried some more) is in fact the best outcome to a problem.

“The girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!” But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.” [Back cover  & publisher]

“For the early grades’ exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl’s frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it’s okay to make mistakes. The clever use of verbs in groups of threes is both fun and functional, offering opportunities for wonderful vocabulary enrichment. The girl doesn’t just “make” her magnificent thing — she “tinkers and hammers and measures,” she “smoothes and wrenches and fiddles,” she “twists and tweaks and fastens.” These precise action words are likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math”. [Publisher website].

Highly recommended!

Grit:

“The character traits of determination, adaptability and reflection add up to a critical 21st century skill”. Edutopia

Courage and resolve; strength of character.
synonyms: courage, courageousness, bravery, pluck, mettle, mettlesomeness, backbone, spirit, strength of character, strength of will, moral fibre,
steel, nerve, gameness, valour, fortitude, toughness, hardiness, resolve, determination, resolution; stamina, doggedness, tenacity, perseverance, endurance;
informal: gumption, guts, spunk; bottle; vulgar slang: balls
[Source: Google Definitions]

 

“The character traits of determination, adaptability and reflection add up to a critical 21st century skill”. Read the series of blog posts on grit (and how to teach it) at Edutopia here.

 

“For me GRIT conjures up images of ‘kids getting DOWN & DIRTY with ‘intent’ ‘joy’, ‘sparkle’ and ‘passion’, in amongst it all with ‘authentic intent’, ‘creating’ chaos while ‘believing’ and daring’, ‘overcoming’ ‘uncertainty’ with ‘enthusiasm’ and ‘risk-taking’, ‘believing’ they are ‘awesome’ which ‘empowers’ them to continue to ‘learn’ and ‘grow’”.  @kerriattamatea on her blog: Learning my way

Bibliographic details:

The most magnificent thing  /  written and illustrated by Ashley Spires.

Published by Kids Can Press, 2014.

32 pages

ISBN:9781554537044

NZ RRP: $33.50

Hardcopy available for purchase via Wheelers or borrow from Auckland Libraries. I am also considering purchasing the single user ebook from OverDrive in the “fixed layout with embedded audio” version.

Ashley Spires is the author of the Binky the space cat graphic novels which are really popular in our library – I don’t think they ever sit on the shelves for more than 1/2 day before being checked out again!