Rosie Revere Engineer, by Andrea Beaty is now one of my all time favourite books.
A bold statement, given I am 27 and it’s written for age 3+… But it really is brilliant.
It’s imaginative, original, creative, draws on history, encourages little people to do great things and believe themselves; it’s just a really, really lovely story.
And I’m not the only person who thinks so; it’s apparently spent 66 weeks on the New York Times best seller list – 66 weeks! – and in December 2015 was included as part of the International Space Station’s official Story Time From Space scheme.
I first heard about Rosie on Instagram via @HappilyEverElephants – a fellow children’s book enthusiast. It was her brilliant review that pushed me to call our local book store and ask them to order it in specially as I couldn’t find a UK book seller (other than Amazon). So I thought I’d share it with you:
I love books that will spark discussions with my boys – especially in ways that are fun and through stories that are engaging and not didactic.
The lively illustrations include tons of tools and other gizmos… [and] if your kids are a little older, you can also use this book to teach a bit of history based on the Rosie the Riveter storyline.
…this story beautifully illustrates that sometimes we have to experience failure before the sweet taste of success- a lesson that all of our children need to be reminded. After all, as Rosie teaches us, you can only truly fail if you quit. Two thumbs up for Rosie Revere!
How could I not be drawn in by such a glowing review?
It’s excellent, encouraging young children – girls in particular – to follow their dreams and shattering any illusions in childrens’ minds that maths, engineering, inventing and science are ‘just for boys’.
Perhaps most importantly, however, it teaches the all important lesson that it’s ok to get it wrong. What matters, is that you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again.
Lucky for me, Little Miss has also fallen in love with Rosie. We read it almost every night and she’s even got her own red head scarf now, “like Rosie”. She’s become a big fan of cheese and “elcoptas” [helicopters] as a result of “Rosie book,” but you’ll just have to go ahead and purchase it for yourself to find out why…
I would say Rosie Revere Engineer is aimed at slighter older children, possibly 3+, only because of the amount of writing on some of the pages. But, if like Little Miss you have a Little Bookworm on your hands, you’d definitely get away with it from age 2.
I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. I know I say that a lot. But this is definitely up there in the top 10 all time favourite children’s books. A modern classic in the making fo’ sho’.
Finally, the author, Andrea Beaty, has collected a whole bunch of extra Rosie Revere Engineer activities on her Pinterest and there’s also a selection of Reception and KS1 educational resources available.