I think I just found a new favorite children’s book.
I was already a big fan of Andrea Beaty’s book, Rosie Revere, Engineer. Because well, girl engineer. Need I say more? Okay: growth mindset, adorable story, fabulous illustrations (by David Roberts).
Because Amazon is so wonderful about making recommendations based on previous purchases, I knew Iggy Peck existed and kept planning to check it out. I don’t know why I waited so long.
My 2nd graders are studying Structures, and are about to transition from natural ones to man-made. So, I thought Iggy Peck might make a good introduction.
Unlike the What Do You Do with an Idea? fiasco of 2014, I carefully read the book a dozen times to myself before finally unveiling it to the students.
As I predicted, they loved it.
And I love it even more every time I read it. The rhyming story of a young boy who loves to build anything anywhere and anytime is fun. The students were enthralled with the incredibly detailed pictures. (One sharp-eyed student noticed Rosie Revere on one of the pages!)
But the most important part of Iggy Peck is the message about pursuing your passion and what happens when teachers stifle that passion.
Fortunately, the teacher in the story evolves. Otherwise, it would be kind of a bummer of a book ;)
I’m not sure if Iggy Peck makes more of an impact on adults or kids, but I can tell you that it is enjoyable for all ages.
Here are some Iggy Peck resources you may want to view: