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Hector the Collector (Hardcover)

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By Emily Beeny, Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)
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As a collector myself, I loved the way the author used Hector's collecting of acorns as an illustration of the ways museums and libraries get started. These institutions contain all sorts of treasures for many different people to enjoy. In the end, a collection like Hector's is equally important, even if only enjoyed by one person. Hector sees beauty and imagination in acorns. His classmates have different collections they find interesting and valuable. It's not hoarding, it's collecting! And this story is a lovely way to illustrate that. -- Susan (RBB Staff)

— From Hector the Collector


"A sweet and child-sensitive addition to any picture-book collection." --Kirkus Reviews

When Hector comes across an acorn, he discovers a love for collecting them in all shapes and sizes.

They were all different.
They were all the same.
They were all beautiful.

One day his teacher finds his desk filled with acorns, and his classmates make fun of poor Hector. But they soon learn that all collections are special--whether coins, stuffed animals, songs, or seashells--and that some collections are also meant for sharing, like the paintings in an art museum or the books at a public library.

Hector the Collector is a charming and evocative story that celebrates the joy of collecting and how collections can grow into the most breathtaking museums in the world.

About the Author

Emily Beeny is a curator and art historian specialized in French paintings. She holds a PhD from Columbia University and has worked at museums in New York, Paris, Boston, and Southern California. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their cat and dog.Stephanie Graegin spent her childhood drawing and collecting fauna in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Houston, Texas. She received her BFA in fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA in printmaking from the Pratt Institute. Stephanie now lives in Brooklyn, is still drawing, and has managed to keep her collection down to one orange cat.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781626722965
ISBN-10: 162672296X
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2017
Pages: 40
Language: English