Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts (the same authors of Iggy Peck, Architect) is an inspiring tale of a little girl who loves to create. As the stay-at-home mother of three little boys, I find it absolutely crucial to expose my boys to non-conforming gender roles such as nurturing male characters and science-savvy female ones, especially in a world where professions like engineering are still mainly male-dominated ones. This book is the perfect companion to that discussion.
We find Rosie feeling a bit less than confident about her inventions and amazing structures after an adult laughs at her complex designs (which include helium pants and a hot-dog dispenser, among others). But with a bit of encouragement and practice, Rosie perseveres.
The story is not only about gender roles. It also plays with an attitude about success that I want to instill in my boys: that failures are only bumps in the road, a way to improve and learn. There is no giving up, no throwing in the towel in this story. The beautiful, quirky illustrations add whimsy to a serious and heartfelt message; embrace the process of learning and invention, of mistakes and failures, but never give up, never give in.
An enjoyable book to share with children and a joy to read as a parent looking for inspiration in those small places.
Lauren Knight blogs at Crumb Bums.
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