Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere, Engineer
Written by Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal–to fly–Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.

Primary Source Pairing:
In the Historical Note in the back of the book, the author notes the importance of women inventors and workers during World War II. The We Can Do It poster was originally made in 1943 by J. Howard Miller. Interestingly though, the poster was seen very little during World War II, and was only made widely popular after it was re-discovered in 1982. For more information on the We Can Do It poster, view the Wikipedia page about the topic.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What people and objects are shown?
  • How does this image make you feel?
  • What can you learn from examining this image?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
We Can Do It poster: National Museum for American History Archives.