Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen holds a special place in my heart because Violet is a Mechanical Engineer in the making. She tinkers and creates and fixes. She plays with monkey wrenches and over-engineers to the point of putting a lawn mower engine on her cousin’s tricycle.
Violet dreams big and lets nothing stand in her way to realize her dreams (to fly in the air show with her handmade plane). On her way to the air show she gets side tracked by being awesome and caring. This was fairly attractive to Rose as she got a kick out of the “hero” aspect of the story. My detail oriented Evelyn liked the funny little things the author put in like the various household objects Violet uses for her inventions.
I like the lessons in this book. Dream big, work to achieve those dreams, and even with you hit some bumps in the road (like rescuing a bunch of Boy Scouts instead of flying in an air show) your still awesome. There’s a nice anti bullying message too. Well, less anti-bullying and more ‘don’t let the bullies dissuade you from your dreams’. It could be used as a pure ‘live your dreams’ book but I love the engineering slant.
Rose and Evelyn give this one 4 thumbs up.
“Why I review” and a disclaimer:
This post is a continuation on my series of book reviews of children’s book which emphasize topics in the STEM field that would be interesting to young girls. It started when I had difficulty finding STEM related children’s books that weren’t obviously written for boys. Most had only male main characters or even only male characters period. My girls had a hard time identifying with them. Thus, this blog series was born. The opinions in these blogs are purely my own. Well, really they are my girls opinions. Either they like them or they wander off half way through the book. We’ve read an ever growing number of these books and quite a few bore them or turn out to be subtly sexist (those “disappear”).
The links to Amazon are affiliate links which means I get a few pennies if you end up ordering the books. These pennies are used for… more books. 🙂
For other STEM children’s books that are fun for young girls try these: