Written by: Andrea Beaty
Illustrated By: David Roberts
Harry N. Abrams, 2013, Hardcover
Target Audience: Ages 3-8
Theme: Creativity, Persistence, STEM
How We Discovered This Book: This book was in the new books bin at our library, and it caught my eye.
Rosie loves to create and invent things. She takes what other people would discard (broken toys, gears, etc.) and makes things. She tries to create solutions for people she knows, but it does not go well. Then her Aunt Rose stops by to give the right kind of encouragement just when Rosie is ready to give up.
What I Liked:
Both of my children are very mechanically-oriented, and they are fascinated with how things work. As I consider their education, I seek opportunities for them to expand their talents through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs and activities. I also believe that girls need just as many opportunities to succeed in these fields as boys. This book showcases a girl who uses her creativity (and her apparent obsession with cheese) to make the world a better place with a few stumbles along the way. Additionally, there is an inference that Aunt Rose was a Rosie the Riveter-type trailblazer during WWII. The author includes a note at the end about this time in history.
What Did My Kids Think?
My kids liked Rosie’s persistence – she kept trying difference things until she figured out what worked. Elizabeth especially liked the silly parts – like when she made helium-inflated pants.
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Katie, I loved the first book from this author/illustrator team, Iggy Peck Architect, so I was excited to see this review. Now we’ve finally gotten Rosie from the library. We loved it! I also enjoyed the helium pants–and the string cheese powered machines.