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This book is fun!
First the story … it is written in a simple rhyming verse with a strong feminist message, courtesy of Rosie the Riveter, the WWII scarf-wearing character whose slogan was "We can do it!".
An illustrated & captioned history of women and aviation is included too.
Her great-great-aunt Rose (who has a very large bust!) declares, "Your brilliant first flop was a raging success!" and "The only true failure can come if you quit."
A nice reminder to children that hard work, research, trial & error, and a good attitude to failure & setbacks are vital to success.
I'm only learning this now!
Illustrations are by David Roberts. They are full of detail, rich pure colour and ingenuity.
He brings a retro/vintage feel — from her 50s style teacher with an hourglass figure, pointy shoes and a top-knot updo to 70's style wicker-ware bedroom furniture to the bohemian style outfits ( a little 20s, 60s and 70s!) of her Aunts and Uncle.
Rosie's bedroom at night with a lovely moonlight glow.
Rosie (the girl with the open eye) in her classroom — with her teacher, Lila Greer.
And finally, Rosie's bohemian Aunts.