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 series of books.
My Big Wimmelbook - At the Construction Site Publisher: Workman Publishing Company Author: Max Walther Suggested Age Range: 2-5 Number of Pages: 16 Publication Date: September 04, 2018 ISBN: 9781615195008 Faith-Based: No
My Big Wimmelbook - Cars and Things That Go Publisher: Workman Publishing Company Author: Stefan Lohr Suggested Age Range: 2-5 Number of Pages: 16 Publication Date: September 04, 2018 ISBN: 9781615194988 Faith-Based: No
My Big Wimmelbook - On the Farm Publisher: Workman Publishing Company Author: Max Walther Format: Board Book Suggested Age Range: 2-5 Number of Pages: 16 Publication Date: September 04, 2018 ISBN: 9781615195015 Faith-Based: No
My Big Wimmelbook - Fire Trucks Publisher: Workman Publishing Company Author: Max Walther Format: Board Book Suggested Age Range: 2-5 Number of Pages: 16 Publication Date: November 12, 2019 ISBN: 9781615196289 Faith-Based: No
review by Rachel Easley Going
”I believe any child who loves to learn would enjoy these superior quality books. And they are beautiful enough to be displayed on the coffee table if you enjoy keeping books out in this way.”
”These exciting books feature brilliant full page pictures and provide hours of discovery and story telling. Readers are introduced to characters and search for them on each page as they watch their stories unfold. ”