We often find ourselves changing the gender of characters in children’s books, as there’s still an overwhelming trend towards the bulk of them being male. This book isn’t overtly about gender equality, instead (perhaps more powerfully) it simply supports the idea that girls can do cool, technical things.
Rosie Revere, Engineer
This book is a lovely, easy read with an inspiring tale of a young girl discovering that to be successful with her inventions she must persevere. It has a nice rhythm, great illustrations and, being inspired by "Rosie the Riveter" has potential to spark discussion around women in engineering roles.
Rosie Revere, Engineer is a charming story about a young girl who is initially scared off inventing cool gadgets by failure, but who, with the help of an elderly relative, is inspired to persevere.
The illustrations appeal to young children (my two-year-old loves finding the two birds who hop onto each page) and the story is fun to read – though Kiwi accents may struggle to get “aunt” and “pants” to rhyme.
The inspiration for the book is “Rosie the Riveter,” the WWII icon to encourage women to step into technical roles to support the war effort, and Rosie’s Great Great Great Aunt Rose is a representative Rosie the Riveter… Wow, that’s a Rosie-heavy sentence!
It is probably aimed at kids slightly older than mine, as we don’t always make it to the end — but my Little Monkey is only 2, and he does still enjoy the story and pictures.
We have the hardcover version, which is a great size for storytime, but it is also available on Kindle if you’re that way inclined.
Awesome or Average: Awesome
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