Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Story About Words

I was attracted to this week's book selection for two reasons: 1) I'm a writer who spent a lot of time as a kid reading dictionaries and encyclopedias looking for new words to add to my repertoire. I understand the texture, emotion, and depth that lies within words and between them. 2) As a teacher, I know how important vocabulary building is to my students. A book that helps them see the wonder in collecting words is exciting.

The Word Collector by author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds starts out by showing kids who have typical collections: stamps, rocks, coins, etc. Then, the author tells us, there is Jerome. What does he collect? Words. He collects words that catch his attention, words that jump out at him, words that pop off a page. He carefully organizes his collection by subject until one fateful day when he trips and his collection goes flying. I won't give away the ending, but it brings to mind a quote by Oscar Wilde: "What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise."

I love what Jerome did with his words. I hope it inspires kids to express themselves in their own unique way. I hope it inspires them to communicate and believe in each other. I believe words, used in the right way, have the power to do just that.

Watch the book trailer below:

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 490
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books
  • Date Published: January 30, 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545865026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545865029