Thursday, May 21, 2015
Rosie Revere, Engineer gets 5 Stars
I love this book! Sure I'm not the biggest fan of the illustrations, but there is so much more about the book that I do love.
I'm a big fan of Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, and therefore the reason for me giving this book 5 out of 5 stars in my book review.
I think the message of being creative, inventive, not giving up, and doing things that are not expected is a fabulous and inspiring message. I love that Rosie is an engineer, and tinkers and builds things b/c she loves to do it.
After reading this book my 4 year old daughter declared that she wants to be an engineer, like her dad. Though, she has recently started saying she's going to be a superhero first and then go back to school to be an engineer, but the greatest thing is she wants to be an engineer.
I love the message that this story tells in a fun and engaging way.
Rosie Revere, Engineer is a well written story in rhyme that encourages and inspires, and it makes a great read aloud for teachers and librarians. Teachers or school librarians in the younger grades could use this book to teach cause and effect. What causes Rosie to make the invention, and then what is the effect when she gives them the invention. The teacher could use several graphic organizers or maps to help visually show cause and effect. You could use graphic organizers/maps as simple as a t-chart or more complex (for older kids) like dominoes. The older grades could use this book while studying World War II; they will enjoy spotting Rosie the Riveter.
All in all, there are a lot of great ideas and ways this book can teach and inspire students in a myriad of subjects including inspiring the students to tinker and build and do things out of the norm.
All in all, this is a great picture book. In my opinion it is worth a purchase.
Amazon had the following book review:
"Young Rosie is always trying to solve problems with her inventions. Shy and quiet, she resists talking about her dream to become a great engineer when a favorite uncle laughs at one of the gizmos she designs especially for him. But when Great-Great Aunt Rose shows up for an extended stay sporting a red polka-dotted scarf à la Rosie the Riveter, she regales her niece with stories of her experiences building airplanes during World War II. She wistfully declares, “The only thrill left on my list is to fly!/But time never lingers as long as it seems./I'll chalk that one up to an old lady's dreams.” This is an itch that Rosie has to scratch, so she sets about designing a unique contraption to help her aunt take to the skies. Of course, it doesn't turn out as planned, but Rose helps Rosie see that it was a success, despite its short air time. By the end of the story, Rosie is wearing the same polka-dotted scarf around her head. Rosie's second-grade teacher, Ms. Greer, is a lot more encouraging and open-minded about the power of creation and creativity than she was in Iggy Peck, Architect (Abrams, 2007). Roberts's charming watercolor and ink illustrations are full of whimsical details. The rhyming text may take a few practice shots before an oral reading just to get the rhythm right, but the story will no doubt inspire conversations with children about the benefits of failure and the pursuit of dreams."
Happy motivating picture book reading and happy engineering!