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January 30, 2018

Celebrate your favorite words

illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
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Young Jerome loves words. How much? He loves them so much, he collects them—in the same way someone might collect bugs or baseball cards.

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Young Jerome loves words. How much? He loves them so much, he collects them—in the same way someone might collect bugs or baseball cards.

Words are tangible things that catch his attention and draw him in; he starts recording all the amazing words he hears or reads—words as small as “dream,” as big as “kaleidoscope” or as random as “smudge.” Jerome discovers that words have power in their syllables, their rhythm, their meaning. He keeps his many delightful, marvelous and poetic words in a scrapbook, and his journey takes a charming turn when he drops these scrapbooks, sending his strips of collected words flying. As they land next to each other, Jerome realizes the true power of words strung together—their power to help and heal. Thrilled, Jerome takes his discovery one step further by sharing his words with the world.

With illustrations featuring whimsical (and multicultural) faces and distinctive font lettering, master author-illustrator Peter H. Reynolds’ The Word Collector is a thing of beauty and an inspirational story about why words are wonderful. Big or small, we need them all. Lucky Jerome!

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The Word Collector

The Word Collector

illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Scholastic/Orchard
ISBN 9780545865029

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