Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers, Book 1

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Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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Girl invents a painting machine in fun story of engineering.

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Educational Value

Iconic figure Rosie the Riveter from World War II. Lyrics to song "Rosie the Riveter." Steps of engineering: brainstorming, design, research, making prototypes, testing. Valves. Poem at end about how valves work.

Positive Messages

Girls can be engineers. Steps of making something -- brainstorming, design, research, making prototypes, testing -- are all fun. Weird ideas help you think in new ways or solve tiny bits of big problems. When you're getting frustrated, take a break. Failing is part of engineering. Ask what went right with your tests, as well as wrong. If you start to dwell on everything that could go wrong, stop and think differently. When working, wear safety goggles. Sometimes you think you don't like someone, but maybe you just don't understand him or her.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rosie's an engineer who likes gears, tools, motors. She enjoys designing things, building them, trying out test models. She comes up with solutions to problems, pitches in when someone asks for help. Her female neighbor, Mrs. Lu, is also an engineer. Group of older women riveters built things too. The riveters all help one another. Ada is a scientist, Iggy is an architect. They help Rosie.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers, Book 1, by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, is the first chapter book in a series based on their best-selling picture books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Ada Twist, Scientist; and Iggy Peck, Architect. The fictional stories encourage science exploration, and since two of the kids are female and one of those is African American, the books broaden the audience for STEM. This book features second-grader Rosie, a budding engineer, and brings back the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" (her aunt), plus some other women who built airplanes during World War II. More books are planned, spotlighting the other kid characters.

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What's the story?

In ROSIE REVERE AND THE RAUCOUS RIVETEERS: THE QUESTIONEERS, BOOK 1, Rosie the engineer is busy designing and testing out various inventions when she gets a special request. Her Great-Great-Aunt Rosie brings her to meet her group of friends, who also worked as female riveters during World War II. One, June, is now a painter and had hoped to enter a mural painting contest, but -- bad luck! -- has broken both wrists. Can Rosie design and make a workable painting machine, the "Paintapalooza," in time to help June enter the contest?

Is it any good?

Girls looking for encouragement and inspiration to be engineers will have fun with this fanciful, easy-breezy story that champions women and girls who like to build things. Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers, Book 1 breaks down the various tasks of an engineer: brainstorming ideas, creating a design, building a test model, trying it out, and revising the design based on performance. Author Andrea Beaty also offers helpful solutions for the bumps and challenges kids might encounter as they build things: getting frustrated, failing, and worrying about all the things that could go wrong.

Rosie's a great model for girls interested in STEM careers. She's creative, has a can-do spirit, and welcomes help from her tight-knit, supportive group of friends and family. The short chapters, urgent challenge, and engaging illustrations make this a fun choice for the chapter book crowd.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the job of engineering in Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers, Book 1. Do you ever have ideas for inventions or gadgets? Have you ever tried to make any?

  • What do you do when the things you're making or doing don't work out on the first try? Do you figure out what went wrong, and also what went right? Do you revise your ideas to redo them?

  • Do you like brainstorming, like Rosie? Do you agree that weird ideas can help you think in new ways or solve small pieces of big problems? Have you had weird ideas that helped you?

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