“This is the story of Rosie Revere, who dreamed of becoming a great engineer.”
Andrea Beaty’s wonderful children’s book, “Rosie Revere, Engineer” is brought to life with illustrations by David Roberts. It is an exciting story of a young girl who dreams of becoming an engineer. The rhyming style of the story creates a fun rhythm that draws children in and makes for a playful, upbeat story. The pages are filled with bright, electric illustrations that add even more to the children’s story.
The story follows Rosie Revere’s progress with her various inventions. The reader sees what Rosie invents and the reactions Rosie receives. Rosie is a shy little girl who creates inventions in the privacy of her attic. She hides her creations under her bed so nobody will find them.
She is so shy and self-conscious about her inventions because when she was younger, her uncle Zookeeper Fred laughed at one of her inventions, “and when it was finished young Rosie was proud, but Fred slapped his knee and chuckled out loud. He laughed till he wheezed and his eyes filled with tears, all to the horror of Rosie Revere, who stood there embarrassed, perplexed, and dismayed. She looked at the cheese hat and then looked away.” Ever since then, Rosie Revere keeps her inventions to herself. Until one day, her great-great-aunt Rose came to stay with her family. Her great-great-aunt Rose has always wanted to fly and Rosie Revere attempts to help her. Rosie Revere invents a “heli-o-cheese-copter” which flies in the air for a second, and then falls to the ground. Rosie Revere hears her great-great-aunt Rose laughing, but this time it’s different, ‘”I failed.” said dear Rosie. “It’s just made of trash. Didn’t you see it? The cheese-copter crashed.” “Yes!” said her great aunt.”It crashed. That is true. But first it did just what it needed to do. Before it crashed, Rosie… Before that… It flew!”‘
This is a darling story of encouragement. Children have bright imaginations that are overflowing with creativity. As adults, it is our job to foster their ideas and to encourage their curiosity. We cannot laugh at their failures and put them down. Instead, we need to help them create, build, and imagine. The story of Rosie Revere reinforces the idea that it is okay to fail, you just have to keep trying and never give up. With positive encouragement and a little bit of help, children can accomplish many things!
-Mia MacLean Vernic