25 Days – Book 20: Hector the Collector

Today I bring a sweet, adorable, dare I say, collectible book from 2017. A story about a puppy named Hector who loves to collect acorns. Be delighted by Hector the Collector by Emily Beeny, illustrations by Stephanie Graegin, 2017.

What is it about?

Hector is a puppy. A puppy who loves to collect acorns. He finds them in many places. He loves how they are all different, and yet all the same and completely beautiful. When his school mates discover his collecting though, Hector is embarrassed. But his teacher helps him express what he loves about collecting acorns and they all realize that everyone is a collector of something.

Why I picked it

To know a child is to know, at some point, a collector. If given time to wander and observe, a child is one of the best finders you’ll ever know. My children have racked up an amazing assortment of finds on the sidewalks of NYC. Coins, toys, barrettes, paperclips, and lots of rocks and acorns have all made it home in tiny palms or pockets. Perhaps that is why Hector is so immediately endearing. I love his observations. Much like the book a couple of days ago, he stops and notices every acorn along his path. It is beautiful to note their similarities and their differences.

But my favorite part of this book is the excellent learning moment the teacher takes with her students. Instead of shushing the questioning and possible start of teasing, the teacher empowers Hector to be bold and share his treasures. His classmates connect with him and in turn all realize they too have special collections. Even society collects things in museums and libraries!

“Every collection was beautiful.”

Who will love this?

Kids of all ages will love and connect with Hector. The story is interesting and charming. Older kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the wonderful author’s note in the back of the book that discusses how everyone collects something. Collections are big or small, private or public… all fascinating and all beautiful. This would be an especially thoughtful gift for someone who loves to collect things. Perhaps even pair it with an item that goes with their collection!

Bonus Gift Pairings

For adults, I think this article and possibly his full book are definitely worth a read. For children, a magnifying glass is always fun. A special bag or box to keep a collection in would be great. The more specific to their collection of choice, the better. Pair this book with Tiny, Perfect Things for another thoughtful observation book. Encouraging people to stop and look is always a good thing.

Come back tomorrow for the next book from this year in my 25 Days of Favorite New Picture Books countdown!

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