Rosie Revere, Engineer

Written By: Andrea Beaty

Illustrated By: David Roberts

Before Reading

Explore Illustrations

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Ask questions like:

What do you notice on the cover?

What do you think will happen in this story?

What kinds of things do you think Rosie uses to make her inventions?

{Flip to a certain illustration} What do you think is happening in this illustration?

Historical: Ask if your child has ever heard of Rosie the Riveter. If not, explain that this story was inspired by the iconic Rosie the Riveter, a fictional character that served as the symbol of feminism and female empowerment during World War II. For more information, flip to the Historical Note in the back of the book.

As You Read

Vocabulary Building:

Encourage your child to pause when s/he comes across a new word. Allow your child to discover its meaning using the illustrations and words surrounding it. You can further facilitate vocabulary acquisition by using these new words in daily conversation so as to reinforce them. Examples of new words in  Rosie Revere, Engineer include:




Making Connections:

Relating with the main character in the book can allow your child to connect more with the story and make it more meaningful. For example, when Rosie’s uncle Fred laughs at her cheese hat invention, ask, “Have you ever been laughed at for something you did or made? How did you feel? What did you do about it? What do you think Rosie will do now?”

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret:

Gauge your child’s comprehension of the story and begin a dialogue about the themes of the story by asking questions like:

What was your favorite part of the story? Why?

Why did Rosie go through the trash in the beginning of the story?

How did Rosie come to be shy?

How did Great-Great Aunt-Rose help Rosie finish her cheese-copter?

The main take-away from this story is that you should never give up on your dreams, even if people tease you for it or it takes you a couple of tries. Ask your child, “Rosie Revere wants to be an engineer when she grows up. What do you want to be when you grow up? What do you think you have to do to become a(n)  ________? What are some problems that you may face trying to be a(n) _________? How do you think you will solve those problems?”

Activity: Build a Toy Water Well

Adapted from Inna's Creations


Supplies: Milk or juice carton, round stick, cocktail straw or pencil, piece of cardboard, piece of wire, craft knife, scissors, thick thread, glue, playdough, and plastic toothpaste or bottle cap

If any of your child’s toys or dolls get thirsty during playtime, they can just go grab a drink from this nifty toy water well made out of household items. Not only is it a fun toy but it’s also a great lesson in creativity and innovation.

  1. Cut away two walls of the carton, so that you have a square basin, a roof over it, and two poles one opposite the other to support the roof (see the photo). The roof supports must be wide enough to hold a spindle.
  2. Make two holes, one opposite the other, in the roof supports to accommodate the spindle.
  3. If you're making the spindle from a stick or pencil, cut out an oval piece of cardboard, it will take the handle. Glue that piece to the spindle so that together they form the letter "L", then attach the handle to the other side. If the cardboard is thick enough, make openings in it to insert the pencil.
  4. If you're using a cocktail straw to make the spindle, just bend it so that it's Z-shaped, with one horizontal section long enough to be put between the roof supports. The other two sections of "Z" will make the handle.
  5. Insert the spindle into the openings in the roof supports.
  6. Cut out a cardboard washer and glue it to the other end of the spindle. This will secure the spindle in place.
  7. Make a bucket from a bottle cap, attach to it a wire handle.
  8. Tie the bucket to a piece of thread and fix the other end of the thread around the spindle.
  9. Stick some play dough to the bucket's bottom to make it sink. Now you can pour water into the well and draw it out with the toy bucket!