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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cuento de Luz (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8415241348
  • ISBN-13: 978-8415241348
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A title that leaps and spirals with energy, let's hope we're lucky enough to see other books by Ms. Wimmer float across the pond to our side, and soon. Luminous luminous luminous." —

"The book has a positive message and is really quite delightful to read."  —OC Family

"Beautiful, haunting descriptions of words and the power they hold will make this a favorite for linguaphiles, both old and new." —Kirkus Reviews (March 2012)

"Children who like words that sing and hop, words that are long and complicated, will love this very unique picture book. The text is incorporated into the delightful collage artwork so that Luna's story dances across the pages." —

"The text is scattered about the page in a free form pattern, much like concrete poetry, and would provide inspiration for children to start their own collection of words in various languages." —Association for Library Service to Children

"Lovingly illustrated with vivid colors and precious details."  —The Children's Book Review blog

"This book infuses an interestingly unique layout of phrases and words that tango across the page as they tell the positively magical story."  —The Corner on Character blog 

"[The Word Collector] will capture any reader, young and old, who loves language and words. With lyrical text, beautiful language and illustrations, this is a delightful addition to any home or classroom library."—"A Picture Book a Day" blog

About the Author

Sonja Wimmer is an award-winning illustrator whose work has been featured in books, posters, and magazines. Her illustrations for "The Word Collector" won the Gold Award for Best Illustrator at the 2011 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine on A Rainy Day on October 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I so very much wanted to love this book. The illustrations are gorgeous and I love the story about the power of words. But what is the point of a book that you cannot read? I had to go cross eyed in several places to make sense of the twisted writing. I understand the author wanted to be creative here, but there is a fine line between creative and too creative. When the words of a sentence are jumbled up in a jar, children will not be able to read the words. When you have to move your eyes up, down, across and zig zagged to read a sentence, you are not spending time enjoying the story and the illustrations.

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Five stars for beautiful illustrations and a good message. Minus two stars for making it all so difficult to enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Saylor on April 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Word Collector, by Sonja Wimmer, is the tale of a little girl who loves words SO much that she collects them. She loves how words can tickle, warm or embrace you. For her, words are magical, beautiful and delicious. One day, she realizes that the words are disappearing from our world, and it's up to her to do something to stop their loss.

Susan's take: "This story carries a refreshingly original and unique look at the magic of words. Luna shows us all the power of words to share, heal and connect. She encourages us by showing us the difference one person can make as she chooses to use her words for good. "Wimmer crafts within her story a gentle reminder that we need each other, and words are how we connect together."

Ann's take: "It's a highly creative picture book that children and adults will enjoy exploring. It's a story of hope and service; a tale of using personal resources to help others, and to make the world a brighter place. This would be a great book to introduce children (or adults) to the art of making word pictures, writing artistic poetry, or another element of creative writing."

Recommend: A fun tale for librarians, elementary teachers, parents or after-school providers that can be used for teachable moments on using positive words, being kind to each other, and reaching out to those around us. The sentences are sometimes difficult to follow because of the whimsical layout, so you'll want to practice reading this book before reading it aloud - and if you get stuck, you can refer to the typed text on the final page.
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Format: Hardcover
The story was good, inspiring in fact. And the illustrations were artistic. But the combination of the two intertwined and interlaced into each other physically on the page....FAIL! The story of: "Words save humanity" was completely lost on my son (kindergartner) because there were so many stops and starts as I tried to figure out which direction (literally) the text was to be read in. Even upon a second reading it was choppy and he was just done with it. A much better storybook is Max's Words. My son read it when he was 4 and still remembers it (even though there were more characters and the story is more complex and he was younger then.)
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By Weakandloved on September 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I just read this book with my daughter, and it has become our new favorite.
As a lover of words, a writer, and a mother, I deeply enjoyed this celebration of words. This is beautiful story of a little girl who loves words, and she collects them until she realizes the world is in need of her world. She then pours out her words on others, and they are deeply blessed as she shares her gift.

I highly recommend this book.
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More About the Author

Sonja Wimmer was born and raised in Munich, Germany. After studying graphic design and working at different firms in Munich and Brussels, she decided to devote herself entirely to images. With one suitcase and a great deal of enthusiasm, she moved to Barcelona to study illustration at the Llotja School of Art and Design. Since then, she has lived and worked there among brushes, colors and a magical world full of imagination. She has done illustrations for books, posters, special interest magazines and murals for public spaces.
She works with publishers such as Cruïlla, Tangrintler Medienhaus, exlibri, Cuento de Luz and other clients in both Spain and Germany.
Her poetic images invite us to dream, and they tickle the inner child in all of us.
The Word Collector, published by Cuento de Luz, is the first book where Wimmer also wrote the story.

Sonja Wimmer nació y creció en Munich, en Alemania. Después de sus estudios de diseño gráfico y el trabajo en diferentes agencias en Munich y Bruselas, decidió dedicarse plenamente a las imágenes. Con una maleta y mucho entusiasmo se mudó a Barcelona para estudiar ilustración en la Llotja, Escola Superior de Disseny i Art. Desde entonces vive y trabaja allí entre pinceles, colores y un mundo mágico lleno de imaginación. Ha hecho ilustraciones para libros, carteles, revistas especializadas y murales para espacios públicos.
Trabaja para editoriales como Cruilla, Tangrintler Medienhaus, exlibri, Cuento de Luz y otros clientes tanto en España como en Alemania.
Sus imágenes poéticas invitan a soñar y hacen cosquillas al niño que todos llevamos dentro.
"La Coleccionista de Palabras", publicado por Cuento de Luz, es el primer álbum, donde también escribió la historia.

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