Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Word Collector

The Word Collector

Sonja Wimmer
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 8
Cuento de Luz , 2012   ISBN: 978-8415241348

Luna is a very special little girl who lives in a lighthouse in the clouds. In her spare time, she collects words the way “other people collect stamps.” She loves all kinds of words and delights in their sounds and meanings.

Then one day she notices that her precious words are starting to disappear. She asks the clouds and birds what is happening to the words, and they explain that people are “too busy” to bother with the wonderful words, and that they are forgetting about them. The words are disappearing because the people “don’t think that they are important any more.”

After a sleepless night full of worry, the little girl decides that she has to do something. She cannot let all those wonderful words disappear for ever. She packs all her words in a big suitcase and sets off on a very special journey.

Children who like words that sing and hop, words that are long and complicated, will love this very unique picture book. The text is incorporated into the delightful collage artwork so that Luna’s story dances across the pages.

This book not only celebrates the written word, but it also explores the idea that sometimes giving away the things you love is even better than collecting them for yourself.