You may recall my interest in "Rosie Revere, Engineer"by Andrea Beatty (author) and David Roberts (illustrator). Since it wasn't in the local library, I bought it as a gift for my children for Christmas. It has been a big hit. In short, the rhymes are easy to read, the illustrations help open the story and the story itself combines child’s play with important aspects of engineering (trial and error and the value of a mentor).
It is no surprise that the pictures intrigue my four-year-old preschool engineer - he wants to build everything depicted. What I found delightful were the new words we learned. “Gadgets, gizmos and doohickeys” are perfect names for things I would otherwise call “spontaneous sculpture.” Having such great words for inventions gives them some sort of street credibility to my kid and he sees new value in his own imperfect work.
The surprising part of how my son connected to this book was about Rosie’s nighttime. “Some questions are sticky” and keep her up all night thinking and wondering and trying to solve a problem. This was the most recent instance of Mikey being interested in the idea of nighttime restlessness when one’s “wheels are spinning.” What a wonderful opening for conversations about one of life’s more frustrating mysteries – sleeplessness!
I wholeheartedly recommend this book…and next I’m ordering “Iggy Peck Architect.”
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