Loosely translated as a book of abundance, Wimmelbooks are one-of-a-kind oversized board books. They provide endless opportunities for curious kids to discover, learn, and increase vocabulary.
Hugely popular in Germany and worldwide, here’s how Wimmelbooks work: At the beginning of each Wimmelbook, children are introduced to a cast of about a dozen characters such as Molly the mechanic, Sergio the boss, or Rusty the dog. As your child flips through the book, he will be looking for those characters hidden in plain sight among the hustle and bustle of their Wimmelworld. Each character has a different storyline that unfolds from page to page as he moves through the depicted scenes.
Preschoolers will love finding items and actions already familiar, like balloons, strollers, and pigs splashing in a mud puddle. They will engage with the Wimmelbooks as they can track and find the characters in each new display.
With practice, they will then be able to fabricate a storyline that fits the various scenes. Plus, there is so much going on in each spread that there is always one more story that can be told or a situation speculated on. For instance, why is there a submarine in the harbor, and what do you do when a bear threatens your camp?
Wimmelbooks give parents a rich opportunity to ask questions, discover what their child knows, and encourage them to add depth to their creative narrative. When we previewed Wimmelbooks with our three-year-old twins, the books provided hours of discussion about topics that had never occurred to us.
Develop your child’s cognitive skills of collecting clues, exploring, and telling stories with the Wimmelbooks.
Do a two-page spread twice a week.
Begin each session by discussing and choosing what character you will be looking for.
Review the previous pages and briefly talk about the progression of that character and the surrounding events.
Then focus on that day’s two-page spread. Was the character hard to find? How has the big picture storyline changed? How have things changed for that character?
Let “Why do you think _______?” be your most used question as you work through this book.
Publisher's Information Publisher: Workman Publishing Company Author: Max Walther Age Recommendation: 2-5 Grade Recommendation: Preschool-K Faith-Based: No Consumable: No Pages: 16 Size: 8.8" x 11.6" x 0.5" ISBN: 9781615196289 Format: Board book Copyright: Nov. 12, 2019
review by The M Word
”Every Wimmelbook has extra thick board book style pages and beautifully realistic full-page illustrations. There are so many details on every page and my kids love spotting new items and people on every page.”
”When your toddler is introduced to new characters, new things, and new places, they’re learning what these characters, things, and places are. You tell them what they are and they learn from this book.”
”If you’re looking for an engaging, beautifully-illustrated book to read with your preschooler, look no further than Wimmelbooks. The vivid and detailed pictures of this German series hold stories just waiting to be discovered by little ones.”