In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
The Word Collector by Sonja Wimmer – Here’s to one of the most beautiful books you can read. Seriously. Gorgeous. Now, sometimes the text might be a little confusing and you might not understand how to read it, which is why there’s page spread text explained on a page at the end of the book. I loved how a girl has a hobby of collecting words but then feels better when she shares those words with people around the world.
I shared this book with my Year 3 and 4 students for our reference book discussion this week. I read aloud the book, discussed the beautiful words within the story and then told students that there are word collectors out in the world creating dictionaries, thesaurus, writing books, etc. I asked students to pair up and use a dictionary or thesaurus to collect for our class. It was quite interesting to monitor confidence in book use, collecting words, and discussing the variety that was collected. Fun to begin our exploration of reference with inspiration from this book. Next week? encyclopedia exploration and practice…
One teaching idea: I’d probably introduce, read this book, and then talk about all the words that are going out of existence and how students can work to keep those words alive or at least learn about it. Here’s a website about extinct words:
Goodreads Summary: “Luna is passionate about words. She loves their light and becomes tickled with laughter from them. But one day she realizes that, little by little, the beautiful, gorgeous, and fun words are disappearing from the world—so she decides it’s time to act. A poetic tale about the magic of words, this delightful story invites readers of all ages to enjoy the power that positive words can have.”
About Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share: I’ve had many books I review that I just want to feature. Simple and easy, celebrate a new book encounter. So that’s what Saturday Book Share is about for me, celebrating books! Perhaps some days I’ll share the book with a short reading of a portion. Or perhaps other days I’ll just share a glimpse of the book.
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