The Word Collector
THE WORD COLLECTOR
by Sonja Wimmer
Published April 1, 2012
by Cuento de Luz SL
ISBN 13: 9788415241348
Hardcover 10.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)
32 Pages
Ages 4-7

Review:  (Julie)  Luna, a redheaded, curly-haired wordsmith of sorts, makes a difference in the lives of many in this near serious case of disappearing words.  When she shares her private collection of words, she rekindles peace and friendship to a preoccupied world.

A stunning execution of dream-like imagery.   Funneling, windblown and soaring text layouts add drama to the story.  The illustrations in this book won Sonja Wimmer the Gold Award for Best Illustrator at the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.  Printed on paper from responsible sources; an added benefit.  ♥♥♥♥♥

A young girl, Luna, lives in the sky and enjoys an unusual hobby: collecting words. But when the words start disappearing, she learns that they were forgtotten. Luna then shares her word collection throughout the land where they are needed most.

Mesmerizing images capture the essence of this beautiful story. Luna is cast as a firy redhead who admires words in a jar like fireflies, and cares for them to encourage beautiful word combinations to grow. Imagine her disappointment when the words start disappearring! A talk with birds, clouds, and travelers reveals that people are just too busy to use words anymore, but when Luna generously distributes her word collection where words are needed most, a happy ending ensues. The story’s humanitarian message unfolds subtly and focuses on the beauty of communication and the benefits it brings. To emphasize the importance of words in the story, the text is cleverly grouped or strewn across the page in varying sizes, patterns, and fonts that coincide with the word usage, resulting in a fun and, at times, mildly challenging read. But don’t worry, if clarification is needed, the entire story is recapped in plain text at the end of the book. Rich, double page illustrations bring the story to life. ♥♥♥♥♥

Available at Barnes and Noble and Indie Bound.

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