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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rosie Revere, Engineer. Written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013. $18.95 ages 5 and up

"The Rosie heard laughter
and turned round to see
the old woman laughing and
slapping her knee.
She laughed till she wheezed
and her eyes filled with tears
all to the horror of
Rosie Revere,
who thought, "Oh, no! Never!
Not ever again will I try to build
something to sputter or spin..."

The couplets written to tell this tale of a small female builder offer up their story about Rosie. She picks up 'stuff' where she finds it. She stashes it away, and works on her inventions when no one else is watching, the result of someone older's ridicule. A visit from her great-great Aunt Rose changes all that. Turns out that she is Rosie the Riveter!

Aunt Rosie once helped to build airplanes; she never got the chance to fly one. It is a regret. With some encouragement Rosie decides to try building her own flying machine. She calls it a heli-o-cheese-copter. It is a failure. Discouraged, she decides she's had it, and she's not going to try building anything else. Aunt Rose does not lack enthusiasm. She congratulates her niece on trying, and encourages her to try again. Rosie has tenacity, and explores it with the help of a wise and trusted elder.

Readers will enjoy the creative imagination that sparks Rosie's inventions and will love the artwork that helps to tell her story. Her collections are so much fun, and invite close inspection. I laughed out loud at her hot dog dispensers! Reading Rosie's story aloud is energetic and enlightening.

Team it with Iggy Peck, Architect (2007) for a light and happy reading time.


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