A Book Review: Rosie Revere, Engineer
I want to share a very special book with you all today. This is by far my favorite children’s book that I have ever placed my hands on. No matter how many times I read it, I well up with tears.
Rosie Revere, Engineer written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts is a story about Rosie and her eventual turn to insecurity. We first see a shy Rosie in her classroom.
We find out that Rosie frequently will quietly find other people’s trash. She takes the “trash” home and comes up with grand inventions.
Then it is revealed as to why Rosie is so quiet about her inventions. In a flashback, we see her favorite zookeeper uncle’s influence over her life. She had invented him a cheese hat to keep snakes off of his head and his only response was laughter. This made Rosie recoil and she made the decision then and there to keep her inventions to herself.
Flash forward to current times and we get to meet great-great Aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) who we learn used to work on airplanes when she was younger. She laments that she was never able to actually fly in a plane which sparks something in Rosie.
Rosie tried to push her thoughts aside, but she thought all night about how she could invent something to help her aunt fly. She took the whole next day to come up with something that she believed her aunt would love.
With fear and trepidation, she presents her creation to Aunt Rose. Her aunt’s response mirrored her uncle’s, years before, to Rosie’s horror.
Aunt Rose didn’t let Rosie walk away in disappointment, but delivered powerful lines that every child needs to hear.
Rosie takes these words to heart and she and her aunt work together to build a flying machine. Rosie then gains confidence which she takes back to her classroom. She becomes the ultimate encourager to her peers (and teacher) as they all create without fear of failure, but instead, seeing failure as another step in the process.
This book, with it’s rhythmic verses and beautifully crafted illustrations, creates a powerful message for every child and every perfectionist who struggles with past pain, fear, and disappointment. We also see a perfect picture of strong women pouring into strong girls, keeping the cycle of confidence and shouting, “We can do it!”
I could never speak more highly of this book. I believe every household should own it and read it often to help foster confidence, strength, and motivation into our little people.
Do you own Rosie Revere, Engineer? What do your children think of it?