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"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." —www.blog.SchoolLibraryJournal.com


"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." —www.LookingGlassReview.com


"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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 720 (What's this?)
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What is the ultimate goal of the picture book import? When someone takes the time to bring over and translate a work for children, they're expecting that book to be able to say something universal. They want the book to be enjoyable to child readers regardless of nationality, which, when you sit down and think about it, is a pretty lofty goal. Yet this year I've been seeing some absolutely amazing translations in America for kids. From the Colombian "Jimmy the Greatest" to the Norwegian "John Jensen Feels Different" to the French "My Dad Is Big and Strong, But . . ." this has been an amazing year for international children's literature. Now Spain enters the ring with "La Coleccionista de Palabras" or "The Word Collector". A heady infusion of striking images and playful content, author/illustrator Sonja Wimmer brings us a fantastical tale that has something to say to us today, yesterday, and tomorrow as well.

What do you collect? Coins? Stamps? Stickers? Have you ever considered collecting words? Luna, the heroine of this little tale, does exactly that and the job fills her days. Whether they're magic words or delicious words or humble words, pretty much if they are words she is interested. The trouble only comes the day that Luna reels in her nets to find just a paltry smattering of words, hardly enough to satisfy. It seems the people of the word just aren't using the beautiful words out there anymore. So what's a girl to do when the world grows forgetful? She packs her suitcase with every word in her arsenal and sets off to right a great wrong, that's what.

This is not a book for lazy people. It demands that you work at it. You can't just sit back and have the text come to you as you flip through the pages.
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The Word Collector
Written and Illustrated by Sonja Wimmer

The opening sentence states that, "Luna was an extraordinary little girl." This is also true of this work, an extraordinary little story; with a very BIG message!

The author/illustrator, has used her writing and illustrating skill, to deliver a poetically delivered moral tale of how easy the adult world forgets the importance of the words they use on a daily basis; and how with all the stresses and demands of modern life, things can change and become grey, as Luna the heroine of this story tells us "But one day, everything changed. Little by little, the beautiful, magnificent, and fun words began to disappear. What happened to them?"

The clever style in which the words are jumbled on the pages, makes it a little fun adventure for the reader to trace the tale, it adds both to the enjoyment and understanding of the importance of the need to search ourselves to use Luna's words that are "Magic words" "Delicious words" "Humble words" and most importantly "Funny words that tickle you palate when you say them"

The images used are themselves a joyful story even without the words. There are so many wonderful illustrations, you can keep going back and flicking through to discover more little creative jewels within the covers of this work on the importance of everyday words.

The illustration of Luna gazing into a jar of glowing words is simply beautiful and no doubt will adorn the wall of many children for many years. This story is of the type that when this generation of children are adults, this will be one of `the books' of their childhood memories, and the kind that even without a copy nearby, they will be able to tell the story of this book to their children; (Hopefully they will remember the name Sonja Wimmer when they talk of Luna `the word collector' for giving this story to children and adults alike!) Thank You!
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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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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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