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The Word Collector Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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"The book has a positive message and is really quite delightful to read." —OC Family
"[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
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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.Read more ›
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!
who read this?
I mean, wants to sentence (translation: I mean, who wants to read a sentence like this?)
Five stars for beautiful illustrations and a good message. Minus two stars for making it all so difficult to enjoy.
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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The Word Collector
Words and images blend together in perfect harmony in this picture book. The original layout of the text provides an entertaining game for children, at the... Read more
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... Read morePublished 21 months ago by CB
At first glance I thought the book would be hard to read. Was relieved when I found the script in the back. A very happy acquisition for my class!Published on June 14, 2013 by Kristie Zonn
Spanish publisher Cuento de Luz is offering a handful of pictures books available in either English or Spanish versions, making them nifty little tools for helping children learn a... Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by FIRR-Kids!