Book Nook by THERACARE: Rosie Revere, Engineer

 

Book Title: “Rosie Revere, Engineer”

Author: Andrea Beaty

Illustrations: David Roberts

Recommended Ages: 4+

Skills Targeted: making predictions, defining vocabulary, describing emotions, encouraging critical thinking, inspiring creativity

Book Description:

Intelligent and quiet, second-grader Rosie Revere has brilliant ideas for incredible inventions.  Using items she finds in the trash, she creates gizmos and gadgets, inventing unique concoctions like helium pants.  One day when Rosie gets discouraged about one of her inventions, she decides to hang up her engineer hat and keep her creations to herself.  With the help and encouragement of her great-great-aunt Rose (inspired by World War II’s Rosie the Riveter), Rosie is inspired to create, take risks, and to never give up on her dreams.

As you cozy up and read this great book, here are some topics to discuss with your little dreamers:

  • Make Predictions
    • Ask your child if they know what an engineer is.  If they don’t, have them look at the book cover and make a guess based on what they see.
    • As you read through the story, ask your child the question, “What do you think will happen next?”  There are no right or wrong answers, only predictions!  After they make their guess, say “Let’s find out!” and read the next page.
  • Define Vocabulary
    • Here are some words you can discuss the meaning of as you read through the book (using the context of the story to help explain):  invention, engineer, gadget, dynamo, thrill, tricky, fail
  • Describe Emotions and Relate to Personal Experiences
    • As you read through the book with your child, ask how they think Rosie is feeling.
    • Talk with your child about what the following words mean: shy, bold, perplexed, baffled, embarrassed, dismayed, and proud.
    • Pick a few of the emotion words from above, and ask your child to think of a time when they felt that way (ex: “Can you think of a time you felt embarrassed?”).  If they are having a hard time thinking of an example, give them a few scenarios where they might feel that way.
  • Encourage Critical Thinking
    • Ask your child if they have an idea what they want to be when they grow up.
      • Tip: If they don’t have any ideas, no big deal!  Use this opportunity to encourage your child by telling them some of their strengths you notice.
    • Brainstorm with your child some potential “problems” you come across in your everyday life, and think of some inventions that might help “solve” the problem.
  • Inspire Creativity
    • Help foster your child’s interests by checking out books from the library related to that area and providing activities and supplies for them to explore that interest (ex: paints and a paint brush for a budding artist, building blocks for your aspiring architect).
    • Go on local adventures that encourage exploration and creativity: a visit to Dickerson Park Zoo to learn more about animals, a trip to Springfield Art Museum to discover different styles of art, or the Discovery Center to explore science in a fun, exciting way.

 

If you love this story of perseverance and creativity as much as I do, here are a few other titles that might inspire you AND your child:

  • “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty
  • “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires
  • “The Wonderful Things You Will Be” by Emily Winfield Martin
  • “Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney

 

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Written by Allison Slone

Mother of three young dreamers.

Blogger at www.theunfrazzledmama.com.

Pediatric speech-language pathologist at TheraCare Outpatient Services in Springfield, Missouri.

www.theracareozarks.com 

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