Rosie Revere, Engineer

by Andrea Beaty

Other authorsDavid Roberts (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2013

Call number



Abrams Books for Young Readers (2013), Edition: 01, 32 pages


A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

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LibraryThing member lquilter
Really, really awesome. I want more like this.

A little kid dreams of being an engineer, but is discouraged when her creations don't go as planned. When she tries again, only to be discouraged again by a "failure", her great aunt congratulates her on a "perfect first try": Yes, it failed -- but
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before that, it flew!

So it does a great job of targeting that problem that little kids often face -- perfectionism and not understanding the process of tinkering.

And, it has a girl, and a daring older woman, and a lot of information about women engineers and women in flight.

This book should be in every elementary school library and every public library children's section.
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LibraryThing member amassingale
This is a book about a girl named Rosie who likes to invent things, but sometimes her inventions aren't always successful. This book encourages students to never give up, because that is what Rosie learns in the story.
LibraryThing member bibliotex
positive role model for girls, try try again motto
LibraryThing member melissarochelle
Read on September 19, 2014

A great message for little girls with dreams of going into a male dominated field. (And a great message in general about never quitting.)
LibraryThing member KaylaAnn715
Women are housewives… women are mothers… women are cooks… how about WOMEN ARE ENGINEERS. This book is an empowerment novel of young women to show them that they can do anything they put their minds to! Rosie is a young girl who is quite quiet and has lots of ideas running through her head all
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of time. She has invention ideas popping in her head 24/7. But when she was little, she shared her invention with her uncle, and he laughed in her face. SInce then, she hasn't shared with anyone her inventions- she just keeps them quietly tucked under her bed. But then, her great great aunt Rose came into her life and inspired her to create everything nd anything, and tells Rosie that she has always wanted to fly. Rosie gets the bright idea to try and build a plane with cheese, and for seconds she was flying! But then, she crashed. Her aunt Rosie at first laughed, but it wasn't because she was making fun of her- it was because it FLEW! And now it was time to try again!
"Life might have failures, but this was NOT it. The only true failure can come if you quit."
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LibraryThing member melodyreads
Nod to Rosie the Riveter in the authors end notes.
LibraryThing member jolenaryan
A great story teaching kids about life lessons and how failure is part of the process.

Curricular connections- motivation/ failure/ success
LibraryThing member Sullywriter
Wonderfully detailed, whimsical illustrations are the highlight in this story about a passionate, persistent young inventor of remarkable contraptions.
LibraryThing member CareBear36
Smooth narration that gives an important message. Interesting illustrations and a great group of characters. This is a very well done children's book.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Inspired by the figure of Rosie the Riveter, a fictional icon of World-War-II-era America which became a symbol of the women on the home-front who pitched in and worked at factories and on farms, in order to aid in the war effort, author Andrea Beaty here spins a tale of a young girl inventor and
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the great-great aunt who helps her to understand the importance of carrying on in the face of initial setbacks. A born tinkerer and engineer, Rosie Revere liked to spend her nights putting things together in her attic. Shy about sharing her inventions, especially after she misinterpreted an uncle's laughter when he saw the hat she had made him, Rosie eventually came to doubt whether she had what it took to become an engineer. Then her Great-Great-Aunt Rose, who was one of those WWII women, came to visit, and inspired her to try again. Would a setback on this second project put an end to Rosie's newly revived ambitions? Not with Aunt Rose around...

After finding author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts' previous picture-book collaboration, Iggy Peck, Architect, rather unappealing - the artwork didn't speak to me, I found the rhyming text clunky, and I thought the use of the teacher as a convenient punching bag was cliched (not to mention irritating) - I was really quite surprised to find that I enjoyed Rosie Revere, Engineer. Here there was no stodgy stereotype of an authority figure for the young heroine to overcome. Rather, the adults around Rosie are supportive of her dreams, even when she doesn't at first realize it. I liked the messages implicit in this story, from the idea that initial failures should be celebrated as first steps, rather than mourned as the beginning of the end, to the notion that adults and children often perceive the same events in very different lights, leading to unfortunate misunderstandings. I also appreciated the rhyming text, which felt far more natural here than in the previous book, and which would make this an excellent read-aloud. Finally, I enjoyed the multimedia artwork here, and am not sure how to account for the difference in my aesthetic appreciation, between this and the Iggy book, as they are done in the same style. However that may be, I thought David Roberts' quirky illustrations, created in watercolor, pen and ink (with the occasional use of graph paper), suited the story, and captured the frenetic pace of Rosie's inventive process, as well as the intense emotional states through which she passes.

Recommended to anyone who is looking for children's stories featuring young people's inventiveness, inter-generational partnership, and the importance of perseverance in the face of initial failure.
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LibraryThing member kbuffum13
The possible science topic for Rosie Revere Engineer would be at the start of an engineering section. This book allows for flexibility since it is about more of the overall engineering practices instead of a focused in DCI. I would use this book to teach the strategy of the engineering process.
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Rosie had to face her inventions not working and return to improve them. This could also be a great strategy to focus on of how to not give up when designs do not work. I think it is also good that it has a female character as the engineer, which shows students from the beginning that women can also be engineers.
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LibraryThing member kvelin
Love love love this book about a young girl who aspires to build things. She comes to realize through an aunt that failed designs create more opportunities to learn.
LibraryThing member sommerkirk
I loved this story about Rosie the young Engineer. I thought the character, a female, was so important, as well as the age, a second grader. This shows that as a young age children can create and fix problems and be little engineers! I would love to use this in an engineering unit with my first
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LibraryThing member awhite43
I really enjoyed the book, Rosie revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. I thought the cartoonish illustrations of Rosie's creations helped the story helped to make the clever story even funnier. I liked the fact that Rosie created practical inventions like her Uncle's hat which scared away snakes with
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cheese spray. I also enjoyed the fact that when Rosie started to doubt herself her family helped to remind her of how special and inventive she was. I though the author's message of believing in one's self and persevering really became across in an entertaining way
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LibraryThing member JenW1
Brilliant feminist inspiration!
"Life might have its failures, but this was not it. The only true failure can come if you quit."
Charming rhyming text and fantastic illustrations, this book is so much fun!
LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
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 (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to
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make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fl y but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose inisists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.
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LibraryThing member DaliaL.
Genre: Fiction

Review: "Rosie Revere, Engineer" is a great science book that can be used with students in grades k-2. Something that I personally liked about the book is that it's main character is a girl who loves to create. This is important to me as a teacher because I want all of my students to
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feel like they are equally capable of becoming engineers if they have a passion for creating. I would use this book to get students thinking about what engineers do. In the book, Rosie creates multiple prototypes of a plane and shows that failure is part of the process of creating something.
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LibraryThing member Nicholepeterse
This book would be good to introduce engineer standards. This is a cute story about a young girl who wants to fix problems. It starts with Rosie inventing a hat to keep snakes off the zookeepers head. It then goes into her making a flying machine for an old lady and she has test that fail. She
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finally gets it to work after many attempts.
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LibraryThing member SkyD17
This book is about a young girl named, Rosie, who's aunt is Rosie the Riveter and an engineer. With this influence in her life she takes on engineering herself and even when she fails or people think she's crazy she keeps designing and engineering cool inventions.
LibraryThing member mcortner15
I really enjoyed this book because it has a great message of never giving up. Also, I had read mostly science books so I was excited when I found a book on engineering. It's important for students to be exposed to engineering books at a young age so they are aware that they too can be engineers!
LibraryThing member Dreesie
Rosie loves tinkering and inventing, but struggles with failure. Her Aunt Rose helps her understand how important failure is for inventors.

Fabulous illustrations--bright, with lots to see, and whimsical.

A cute book for all kids.
LibraryThing member cougargirl1967
Every child should read this story; you'll never fail as long as you keep trying!
LibraryThing member roniweb
I just read this in the bookstore & started crying. It is perfect. Every kid needs this book. The message is about the success we gain thru failing.
LibraryThing member CarleneInspired
One of my favorite authors and the woman who inspires me to do my best daily read this book during her women's conference RISE. There wasn't a dry eye in the building by the time she finished reading it aloud, with many of us leaving the room admitting we were going to immediately find the book and
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purchase it. I don't have children yet, but I have a wonderful, amazing mother who just retired from her role as a Chemical Engineer for over 27 years. This book screamed Mother's Day gift to me and it was a hit, my mom cried while reading too.

Andrea Beaty has written a children's book 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.
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LibraryThing member Robinsonstef
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty will make you want to start creating. In this uniquely illustrated story, a young girl, Rosie, loves to collect odd items, which she uses to make things from her imagination. When her great-great-aunt, Rose (Rosie the Riveter) visits and tells her how she has
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always dreamed of flying, the next invention is set in motion. Young Rosie knows exactly what to make. When the big moment comes for the contraption to take flight, it doesn’t go exactly as planned. Will Aunt Rose be disappointed? Will Rosie give up? You'll have to read this one to find out.

I highly recommend this inspirational picture book to anyone who likes to be reminded to persevere. A great book for library media specialists to use to kick off a makerspace activity. There are other books in the series and I know we will be getting them from the library soon! Iggy Peck, Architect, and Ada Twist, Scientist will be read soon!
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Monarch Award (Nominee — 2017)
Treasure State Award (Nominee — 2015)
Flicker Tale Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 2016)
Little Rebels Award (Shortlist — 2014)




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