The Word Collector
Some people collect stamps.Some people collect coins.Some people collect art.And Jerome?Jerome collected words . . . 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.

The Word Collector Details

TitleThe Word Collector
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 30th, 2018
PublisherOrchard Books
ISBN-139780545865029
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Poetry, Language, Writing

The Word Collector Review

  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    In this picture book, Peter H. Reynolds does for words and literacy exactly what he's accomplished with his previous titles on art, he makes them cool and wraps them in a clever, philosophical package.Jerome collects words, and he even organizes them into categories. But an accident leads to the realization that sometimes words that seem to have no relationship to each other actually gain new meaning when placed by different, unrelated words. Not only does he start to realize the power of words In this picture book, Peter H. Reynolds does for words and literacy exactly what he's accomplished with his previous titles on art, he makes them cool and wraps them in a clever, philosophical package.Jerome collects words, and he even organizes them into categories. But an accident leads to the realization that sometimes words that seem to have no relationship to each other actually gain new meaning when placed by different, unrelated words. Not only does he start to realize the power of words to express feelings, to move an audience or to make others feel understood, but he also realizes that he need not keep those words squirreled away. Instead, he should give them away. I loved how, after all this build up, the book concludes with these lines from the boy who loved words so much: "Jerome had no words to describe how happy that made him" (unpaged). Since he's shared all his words with others, he literally has no more words to give, but he also would be hard pressed to explain his feelings. This book is perfect for youngsters just learning new vocabulary but also for those who gravitate to words that simply sing on the tongue or feel in the mouth or are interesting just because of their shapes. As they will know, there are words that simply lead us into new worlds and those that seem perfect for what they represent. Ah!
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  • Rita Shaffer
    January 1, 1970
    The power of words! Cute story to show the importance words hold.
  • Amy Oberts
    January 1, 1970
    The premise of Reynolds' most recent picture book is intriguing...and older listeners and readers are sure to be captivated by the various words Jerome collects, as well as their pronunciations and definitions. Unfortunately, the second half of the story doesn't quite match the authenticity of its beginning; the parting message is a familiar chorus rampant throughout most of Reynold's tales. The illustrations are whimsical and inviting, inclusive and diverse...but, unfortunately, the story as a The premise of Reynolds' most recent picture book is intriguing...and older listeners and readers are sure to be captivated by the various words Jerome collects, as well as their pronunciations and definitions. Unfortunately, the second half of the story doesn't quite match the authenticity of its beginning; the parting message is a familiar chorus rampant throughout most of Reynold's tales. The illustrations are whimsical and inviting, inclusive and diverse...but, unfortunately, the story as a whole doesn't come together as a well-planned collection of words.
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  • Jillian
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved the beginning of this book - and even the middle! (Get this kid a magnetic poetry set, stat!) I love that he started stringing words together and making poetry and songs.But then... it got a little....preachy? It became much less a story about a "real" boy who liked to learn new words and more about an allegorical boy who changed the world, one word at a time. Which... if it had *started* like that, it wouldn't have annoyed me at all. But as written, it was a little jarring.
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  • Addison
    January 1, 1970
    Peter H. Reynolds creates a character, Jerome, who has a special interest in collecting words. In "The Word Collector," Jerome is constantly picking up words to add to his collection. This story is in the fantasy genre and would be best suited for grades kindergarten through third. Within this story there are many exciting words, some that would be familiar to the reader and some that are brand new. Throughout the story, Jerome shows the reader all the many places one can collect words. Just by Peter H. Reynolds creates a character, Jerome, who has a special interest in collecting words. In "The Word Collector," Jerome is constantly picking up words to add to his collection. This story is in the fantasy genre and would be best suited for grades kindergarten through third. Within this story there are many exciting words, some that would be familiar to the reader and some that are brand new. Throughout the story, Jerome shows the reader all the many places one can collect words. Just by listening and looking there are words all around us that can be stored in our minds. Words don't have to be in a specific category they can be used together to create something wonderful! Jerome shows the reader this during the story. The illustrations are vibrant and really grab the readers attention. I used this story as a read aloud with my tutoring buddy, and I just watched as she was intrigued by ever word displayed on the page. "The Word Collector" excites the reader about learning new words, especially words they have never seen before. I feel like Reynolds does an excellent job of having a wide range syllable words displayed on the page. An activity that I would like to do with this story is to have my students take out their notebook and their job is to collect words that they see or hear throughout the day. I would give them a certain amount of time each day and we would do this for a week. I think that on the last day students will be shocked to see how many words that they have collected. The words can't just be any words, but words that stick out to them. Then students can use this collection as reference for their writing in the future. Another way that this story could be used in the classroom is for instructional purposes. This would be a great story for a read aloud. It introduces students to new and higher vocabulary words. As we have learned in class this is very important for readers. In addition, I would have students write a fantasy of their own. Students would be the collector and they would choose what item they would want to collect. Throughout the story they would need to incorporate new vocabulary that is associated with this item. They would have to discuss where they would be able to collect this particular item. Since this is in the fantasy genre students can really use their imagination which I feel will create a bigger opportunity for creative words. "The Word Collector" was a "WOW" book for me because it was a fun way to introduce vocabulary to students, without students realizing that they are being exposed to new vocabulary. I also appreciated the diversity that Reynolds used in choosing Jerome as his main character.
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    This clever picture book would be great to share with young readers who love learning new words. And for those children who maybe aren’t particularly interested in vocabulary, this book certainly would inspire them to read and listen a little more closely. The little boy in this story loves collecting all sorts of words. He organizes them and makes special boxes and scrapbooks for them. When an accident mixes the words up, Jerome sees an opportunity to create new stories, poems, and songs. This This clever picture book would be great to share with young readers who love learning new words. And for those children who maybe aren’t particularly interested in vocabulary, this book certainly would inspire them to read and listen a little more closely. The little boy in this story loves collecting all sorts of words. He organizes them and makes special boxes and scrapbooks for them. When an accident mixes the words up, Jerome sees an opportunity to create new stories, poems, and songs. This could be a terrific mentor text to inspire young writers to find their own words and use them to make their own unique creations.
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  • Anna Louise
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful story about the power of words. The illustrations are so wonderful and so welcome to see the main character as someone who is brown and is valued in the story (it is so sad how infrequent this is). I love this story, the words, the bright colorful clothes the characters wear, and the engaging imagery the illustrations tell. I also love the last page of the book and the question it poses to the reader.
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  • Ruth Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This is a joyful story about words and the boy, Jerome, who collects them and, ultimately shares them.At first, he keeps his words organized. One day, he slips and his notebooks of organized words go flying and become "jumbled." "Words he had not imagined being side by side..."become poetry and music.And this is not the end of Jerome's story.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! We got it from the library but I'll be buying a copy to keep on my daughter's bookshelf. Peter H. Reynolds is just great and this book is all about the joys of language. It was the perfect title to read during Poetry Month.
  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    A book that gives you the warm and fuzzies particularly when you are a word collector yourself. Who doesn’t love words and their meanings and sounds and significance? Jerome is such a boy and when he collects, they get jumbled up in a fall, but then he realizes there is nothing better than releasing them for everyone else to enjoy. It’s heartwarming and illustrated with an appreciation for words and the character. Plus the colors are to die for. I’m certainly adding a few to my HS collection.
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  • Elisabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I love the worlds (and words!) of Reynolds
  • Elaine Bearden
    January 1, 1970
    Want to use to start Write On session - maybe on found poetry? though I think I might have done that one already :)
  • Karrie
    January 1, 1970
    Reynolds just makes lovely feel good stories. This one centres on Jerome, he collects words, all sorts. I enjoy that the words are not all simple, how else can you learn new ones? Poems, stories and songs are as varied and have power.
  • Chance Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Same premise as Max's Words by Kate Banks but with more charming artwork and a story that focuses more on poetry and the power of words, not necessarily the creation of stories.
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    While it’s not about poetry, it’s such a gem to open a poetry unit talking about the power of words. Peter H Reynolds has another marvelous hit on his hands.
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    so cute!! Makes me want to start my own word collection..........;)
  • Jeimy
    January 1, 1970
    Jerome collects and classifies words. He then realizes what happens when words from different categories intermingle and chooses to share his discovery with others.
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Love the power of words in this.
  • Maria Caplin
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect in every way!
  • Fran
    January 1, 1970
    Five stars and them some...!!!!
  • Kathryn Allen
    January 1, 1970
    Love this beautiful picture book about how words change the world! Will certainly use this one when discussing vocabulary with preservice teachers.
  • Melinda Bender
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully told story about the power and simplicity of words. When words are put together or shared they become even more special.
  • Daley Downing
    January 1, 1970
    Just so beautiful!
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    So good.
  • Sarah Wiwchar
    January 1, 1970
    ALEXIS YOU WERE RIGHT THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD
  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    I can see why people have been raving about this. An inspiring story of the power of words even to those who already have such a love for them.
  • Brooke Beeson-king
    January 1, 1970
    Any book that is a love song to words is perfect to me!
  • Mindi
    January 1, 1970
    Such a good book.
  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Powerful mentor text for teaching Word Choice to children. This book illustrates the JOY of words, not merely vocabulary as drudgery...
  • Susie
    January 1, 1970
    Perhaps I am biased because I actually got to see Peter Hamilton Reynolds read this aloud on its book birthday in Indianapolis. (He told us that this is the first book that uses his full middle name, at his mother's request) It was a delightful evening. I could envision teachers doing so many things with this book! The obvious one would be to have students collecting their own words, then participating in many of the same activities that Jerome does.
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