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In the news we constantly hear of new, crazy inventions, gadgets, buildings, and technology. Engineers like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos build things like electric cars, rockets, satellites and retail stores where there are no workers or cash registers. Creating these remarkable things takes a lot of trial and error, as well as passion. This led us to highlight Rosie Revere, Engineer – written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts – as our main STEM book for this month. This book tells the story of a girl named Rosie who likes to invent things in secret because she is too afraid to show anyone else. When her great-great aunt visits, she is motivated to be fearless with her inventions and to show them to the world. With her new found confidence, she begins working on a special project for her aunt.

EDITORIAL REVIEW

From School Library Journal – K to Gr2

“Young Rosie is always trying to solve problems with her inventions. Shy and quiet, she resists talking about her dream to become a great engineer when a favorite uncle laughs at one of the gizmos she designs especially for him. But when Great-Great Aunt Rose shows up for an extended stay sporting a red polka-dotted scarf à la Rosie the Riveter, she regales her niece with stories of her experiences building airplanes during World War II. She wistfully declares, “The only thrill left on my list is to fly!/But time never lingers as long as it seems./I’ll chalk that one up to an old lady’s dreams.” This is an itch that Rosie has to scratch, so she sets about designing a unique contraption to help her aunt take to the skies. Of course, it doesn’t turn out as planned, but Rose helps Rosie see that it was a success, despite its short air time. By the end of the story, Rosie is wearing the same polka-dotted scarf around her head. Rosie’s second-grade teacher, Ms. Greer, is a lot more encouraging and open-minded about the power of creation and creativity than she was in Iggy Peck, Architect (Abrams, 2007). Roberts’s charming watercolor and ink illustrations are full of whimsical details. The rhyming text may take a few practice shots before an oral reading just to get the rhythm right, but the story will no doubt inspire conversations with children about the benefits of failure and the pursuit of dreams.

Maggie Chase – Copyright © 2013. Library Journals LLC. All right reserved

From Booklist

“This celebration of creativity and perseverance is told through rhyming text, which gives momentum and steady pacing to a story, consistent with the celebration of its heroine, Rosie. She’s an imaginative thinker who hides her light under a bushel (well, really, the bed) after being laughed at for one of her inventions. Then she finds encouragement from a great-great aunt whose laughter is a celebration rather than a judgment. The pairing of the wisdom of an older woman and the enthusiasm of a young girl works beautifully. Roberts’ colorful watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations, overflowing with debris, gadgets, and inventions like helium pants, are as lively as the text and Rosie herself. The graph papers on the cover and end pages are reminders that creativity requires deliberate thought (Rosie’s aunt gives her a notebook before they begin each invention). A historical note at the back of the book connects Rosie to her namesake, Rosie the Riveter, with her slogan, “We can do it!” Young readers will already be convinced.”     –Edie Ching

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Additional books about inventing:

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming, Boris Kulikov

Summary: 

“Papa’s an inventor… or, well, he would be, except none of his ideas quite pan out as expected. So, he takes a break from tinkering by taking his family fishing. But that wandering, wondering mind of his is irrepressible. What would being a fish be like? Papa decides to find out by making a submarine.”

Ages: 4 – 8

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If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

 

Summary:  

“Young Jack is giving an eye-opening tour of the car he’d like to build. There’s a snack bar, a pool, and even a robot named Robert to act as chauffeur. With Jack’s soaring imagination in the driver’s seat, we’re deep-sea diving one minute and flying high above traffic the next in this whimsical, tantalizing take on the car of the future.”

Ages: 3 – 5

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

“Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks — like the gears of the clock he keeps — with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.”

Ages: 8 – 12

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