Title: The Word Collector
Author: Peter H. Reynolds
Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
Published: January 30, 2018
Theme: Learning and Sharing
Character Origin: Human
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40
Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 2.4 | Lexile Measure: 490L
Synopsis: In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him — short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.
From the creator of The Dot and Happy Dreamer comes a celebration of finding your own words — and the impact you can have when you share them with the world.
This book was a joy to read. I loved how Reynolds used a sort of “connect-the-dots” approach in his storytelling. He showed that words are amazing individually but when you string them together they become even more extraordinary. They allow you to express yourself and the more words you put together the more you can create with them. I LOVE a good learning picture book especially when the reader doesn’t even know they’re learning something pretty cool.
The more words he knew the more clearly he could share with the world what he was thinking, feeling, and dreaming.
Reynolds’ illustrations were colorful and enjoyable. The cover was what drew me to this book initially but the words swept me away. Words are important and can shape the world around you. I am a stern believer that introducing words to children even before they have mastered speech can be quite impactful in the way that they learn. This should definitely be a staple in media centers and classrooms everywhere. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.