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I bought this for my son who had just turned five - his teacher recommended the story because it's ultimately about perseverance, and children can often get frustrated when their plans go awry. My really enjoys the story and he wanted to read it every day for a week and it's still a regular bedtime story.
However, whilst the book does end with a positive message about perseverance, I feel there's a part which is overlooked which is more subtle to explain to younger children.
Rosie makes an invention for her uncle and his reaction is to laugh so hard. Her understandable reaction is that he's laughing at her. The book goes on to say that he loves the invention, but the issue about why he initially laughed was not addressed. Rosie then decides to give up inventing, not because it failed to work (there's no mention of that) but simply because her uncle, and the animals, were so amused with her invention that she presumed she was no good.
It's such a weird set-up to the final act, which is about how she eventually tries to help her aunt to fly. Again, her aunt bursts out laughing too which flairs up her self-doubts. But it's left to the reader, ie the adult, to explain a child why an adult's reaction to something so creative and impressive might be laughter - it's not that obvious really.
In my opinion the awkward way in which the author tries to induce Rosie's self-doubts actually gets in the way of the otherwise strong message about perseverance in general.
This is the book that every little girl - and actually every little boy as well - needs. It tells the story of an inventor who is laughed at when one of her inventions fails to work as expected. However, she is then inspired to create somethings else; when this fails her wonderful auntie points out that nothing is perfect first time, and the first time is a jumping off point for the next, and the next and so on.
This book is a must for all children who have a fear of failing. It teaches then that a failure is a way of learning, is to be expected and not feared, and that the next thing to do is to have another go.
This was a birthday gift for a 5 year old girl who loves building and making things and isn't your usual girly girl. Her Mum was grateful as well for such a thoughtful gift, and I'm told they spent some time curled up reading it together. Its a large hardcover book, with high quality printing on matt paper (I'm fussy about the artwork and how its printed) not to mention the very catchy rhyme and loveable character. Rosie is a feisty girl who doesn't give up on her dream. All in all, a perfect choice.
As a mother of a girl it is very important to me that she is exposed to strong minded characters who she can aspire to become or learn from and this book is just that. Showing her that it's just boys who can become engineers
Bought this for my 19 month old daughter, Rosie! Lovely book, nice to have something wth a different story than your usual, kind animals etc! My 11 year old loves reading this to her younger sister. Interesting illustrations on each page.
Whilst Rosie Revere is not quite as captivating as Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau it will appeal to my five year old grand-daughter when she comes to stay. It is a beautifully written book with illustrations that involve the child. It has an excellent storyline showing you shouldn't give up on something you really want to do just because some people don't have the same interests as you.
Lovely story, reads well and great messages. My daughter is 6 so possibly getting too old for this but she is so desperate for interesting female characters she can identify with or learn from rather than princesses and fairies so she loved this.
As per my review for Iggy Peck I was so disappointed with this book. I've had these in mind to buy for my nieces for several years (having read the reviews) and finally took the plunge for their 5th birthday. Had a quick flick through before giving these 2 as their presents and they weren't at all what I was expecting. Too American in style for them to understand. Whilst I love the sentiment behind these books, they weren't as well received as I'd hoped. Maybe 5 is too young? Maybe they'll grow to like them.