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Rosie Revere, Engineer

(Questioneers Picture Books)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  8,418 ratings  ·  1,102 reviews
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 make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fl y but ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Harry N. Abrams
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Gail Gauthier
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"This isn't a girl self-esteem book. This is an importance of failure book. There's something I haven't seen a lot of. The main character is a female because the main character had to be something. She could have been a genderless anthropomorphic bear, that's how little sex roles have to do with this story.

Rosie Revere deals specifically with the value of failure in engineering. In many such tech fields, failure brings practitioners closer to reaching their goals because it narrows the field of
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
Recommended to Carmen by: Book Stores
But when no one saw her, she peeked in the trash
for treasures to add to her engineer's stash.
And late, late at night, Rosie rolled up her sleeves
and built in hideaway under the eaves.

I thought I would love this feminist children's book about a little girl engineer, but I had some problems.

Graph paper end pages
Grandma Rosie the Riveter
It rhymes

A seeming obsession with Cheez-Wiz. I hate Cheez Wiz.
Rather ugly drawings.
A kind of strange, vague message that I didn't like.
Now perhaps if Andrea Beaty's presented poetry had been a trifle less awkward and stumbling (and with that, also not so utterly frustratingly distracting) and if her oh so very much important messages had been less in one's proverbial face and thus not so maddeningly preachy (about being courageous, about not being afraid of making mistakes, about trying again and again if and when disasters do occur, and yes, these are indeed important lessons for EVERYONE), I might have actually enjoyed Rosie ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whimsical and inspirational.
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This amazing picture book shows the importance of failing before you can be truly great - and it's a wonderful story about self-esteem that connects with Rosie the Riveter. Highly recommended!
Sabra Gerber
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We love Iggy and Rosie-- what great, smart young role models. My five year old now can't decide if he wants to be an architect or engineer! (For now he says he will stick with puzzles.) And we love that you see both characters in both books! Great artwork, fun rhymes, and great themes about facing challenges and Pursuing dreams-- even when adults don't always support or understand that creativity.
Nathaniel Hardman
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a delight and a surprise. Maybe my expectations were just very low because my daughter brings home so many random, forgettable books from the library. Based on the title and cover art, I expected this to be a bland little girls-can-be-engineers-too, girly power kind of book. And then it turned out to be more than that and better than that, and I was delighted!

Two things that stuck out for me:
1 - Great rhyme and meter. Reminds me of Dr. Seuss; Beaty's rhymes pop every bit as well as Seu
Carlene Inspired
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 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 i ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Have wanted to read this for ages and I adored it. So fabulous to read a book that references Rosie the Riveter and also features details of real women in aviation. But that aside, the story and message are wonderful and the illustrations are gorgeous. Joe loved it, although he was a bit upset when Rosie's uncle laughed at her invention...
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Favorite quote: "The only true failure can come if you quit." Another great addition to this series by Beaty and Roberts that celebrates "the pursuit of one's passion with persistence." Can't wait to round out this experience with Ada Twist, Scientist !
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent artwork.

Great message!

May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I finally read Rosie Revere, Engineer and ended up liking it better than I expected based on the cover. Perhaps it's because Rosie reminds me so much of my son with all of her inventions and creative use of building materials ;-) I appreciated that the "girl power" element was present but not too forced (the inclusion of the Rosie the Riveter figure as her grandmother was nice) and I think boys and girls could both enjoy the story. Unfortunately, the illustrations were quite jarring for me. Also ...more
The Styling Librarian
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts – Inspiring, creative, inventions, and self confidence… love the messages: “Don’t let others make you lose sight of your ambition.” Beautiful illustrations, fantastic characters, and humourous creative inventions all combine to a powerfully wonderful book. I loved how there was a lovely, easy to read, fact page about women’s history connections to airplanes. Lovely read aloud that connects to non-fiction book topics- flight, tr ...more
Courtney Umlauf
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved the illustrations and the rhyme, but not as much as I loved the message of seeing failures as learning experiences and the wonderful bit of WWII history. So glad I picked this book up.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vivienne-s-books
Another one that made me 😭
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Another great children’s book about encouraging your children in their passions to do great things.
Mid-Continent Public Library
This young creator is a great-great-niece of Rosie the Riveter! After a visit from her aunt, she decides to take on one of the biggest goals she never achieved - to fly! Rosie gets to work building her very own flying device and learns from her aunt that the only true failure is that of giving up. What kind of inventions would you and your little one create together? Could you challenge yourselves to dream up something that has never been thought of before? Enjoy this one now by checking out a c ...more
John of Canada
I liked everything about it.The artwork was terrific.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books Featuring Young Inventors
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 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 togeth ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-2
I enjoyed this book. I think it has a great moral message that children need to learn. I think it would be a helpful book to squash gender differences/ "builders is a boys job" topic. I think it would be a good book to introduce the theme of failure and that failures/ mistakes are not bad and can make people better. I like how the book integrates facts about the development/ history of the engineering of planes. I think children will find some of Rosie's inventions humorous and funny. I would re ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, feminism
a lyrical and inspiring tale of a little girl and her friends who learn to keep on creating and to find the progress & learnings out of failures

this reads very quickly and rhymes so it's great for pre-school age. One star-off for the busyness of the drawings which are a little overwhelming.
After finding Lamby pulling out armfuls of tools from Daddy's toolbox this evening, for an unidentified project, we decided this was the best book for tonight's read aloud book.

I'm choosing to review this on based on a video not on the book itself. I do this to promote the videos and because I really like the story.

Story Time From Space uploaded a video with Astronaut Kate Rubins reading Rosie Revere, Engineer. It is a strong story emphasising the importance of failure to success. The use of Rosie the Riveter and a young female engineer adds a feministic aspect for those interested or looking for books with strong female characters. I like the art it's cutesie. There i
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wanted to like this book as much as I liked the title. But something was missing. Maybe it was that the inventions were to preposterous. Maybe it was being laughed at by adults. Or all of a sudden Rosie's whole class inventing at the end. I wanted Rosie to be more real. And the message was too heavyweight. But I liked the idea enough and the art and writing were fine. 3.5 of 5.
Maxwell Rae
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
If your going to rhyme, then rhyme. Don’t have half of it rhyme with bits inbetween that don’t. It’s real confusing. But I’m saying that, I think this has a good morale of the story in teaching girls to chase their dreams (and to teach little boys like me to support their dreams)
Liberty K
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had a book like this when I was little. So inspiring and heartwarming!
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I pretty much cried through reading this book to Isaac - how many of us gave up on something because we felt discouraged by someone we looked up to? 😭😭😭
Art is super fun too.
Dinah Davis
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Book for your boy or girl to get them interested in Engineering!
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very cute! x)
Zara Arshad
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a short story for little girls aged 7-13. I say that age because the book has a variety of complicated vocab words which might be tough for children whose first language isn't English.

Anywhoo, I read this book using this YT video by PV Storytime which made it really easy for me to read and it was good kind of enjoyment in itself.

Moral of the story: This book is about Rosie Revere who has an engineering mindset but when her first experiment fails she criticizes herself saying that she'll
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“Your brilliant first flop was a raging success! Come on, let's get busy and on to the next!" She handed a notebook to Rosie Revere, who smiled at her aunt as it all became clear. Life might have its failures, but this was not it. The only true failure can come if you quit.” 6 likes
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