The BBC reports that a new character is joining the Mr Men and Little Miss series – a female engineer. Little Miss Inventor has been created as a “positive role model” for girls, its author and illustrator Adam Hargreaves said.
She will be the 36th Little Miss character and joins the likes of Little Miss Sunshine and Little Miss Magic.
The character, with pencils and a spanner in her hair, is described as “intelligent, ingenious and inventive”.
The book telling her story will be released on 8 March 2018 – tying in with International Women’s Day and British Science Week.
Adam Hargreaves, son of Mr Men and Little Miss creator Roger Hargreaves, said: “I always enjoy creating a brand new character for the series and it was fun coming up with lots of crazy inventions for Little Miss Inventor’s home and silly ones for all her friends.”
Tom Tivnan, features and insight editor at The Bookseller, said the Mr Men and Little Miss books had been “reinventing themselves for almost 30 years”.
“Ultimately it’s a brand that stays true to its values with feet firmly planted in its nostalgic past,” he told the BBC.
And listen to an interview with Laura Tobin, an engineer and a physicist; she explains the significance of this new little character New Little Miss Character Sparks Reaction
Will you be reading this with your class? Is this a good way to introduce young girls to STEM? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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