The Word Collector

The Word Collector

Book - 2018
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Jerome enjoys collecting and using words that he hears, reads, or sees, and then decides to share his collection with others.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545865029
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 24 cm


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Oct 28, 2019

Shows preschool kids that reading and words are fun to rearrange and use in different ways. Helps to prepare for reading.

Oct 07, 2019

Once again, a book for everyone. People are attracted to all kinds of words and sometimes they fall from the sky.

May 06, 2019

my son read it a school - clyde hill elemetery school

vpl_childrens Dec 12, 2018

A simple story that, at its heart, is an ode to the power of words and poetry. A great starting point for conversations about poetry.

ArapahoeLaurieAnne Dec 07, 2018

GREAT words! I would absolutely use this book for breaking words into small sounds with K-1st Gr.

RobertELPL Nov 29, 2018

Great story to showcase the power of words and how there are so many words to express so many different things. Good for a read-aloud.

Nov 25, 2018

Words are a wonderful thing. Without them we wouldn’t have self-expression, identify our favorite foods or even say hello to a friend. But, can words be collected like stamps, coins or even art? Of course, they can according to Jerome.

Whenever Jerome here’s a word that sounds interesting, he would write it down on a piece of paper. Jerome was a word collector and he loved it. He liked the word Willow from a poster at a tea shoppe. He wrote down Emerald after reading The Wizard of Oz. He thought that multi-syllable words like guacamole, geometry and kaleidoscope sounded like songs. One day he slipped and fell, and his words became a little mixed up and he noticed he could put them together to make wonderful combinations. Jerome realized that words were powerful. With so many bags filled with all of his favorite words, Jerome released them into the wind. What do you think happened after that?

Best selling author Peter H. Reynolds has created a quick and easy read filled with wonderful words beginner readers will love learning. Colorful illustrations depict his favorite words and the power that they hold. Young readers will have fun pronouncing and seeing what each word represents. Parents, teachers and caregivers can discuss what words children like the most.

May 10, 2018

A wonderful read-aloud to help young children build vocabulary.

OPL_KrisC Apr 14, 2018

I love the illustrations in this book and the theme of discovering the magic of words.

Mar 30, 2018

Well written and illustrated. My son loves reading it and it's the perfect message and length for a bedtime read.

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Sep 19, 2020

bharativv83 thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over


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