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Die große Wörterfabrik

4.58  ·  Rating Details ·  368 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Es gibt ein Land, in dem die Menschen fast gar nicht reden. In diesem sonderbaren Land muss man die Wörter kaufen und sie schlucken, um sie aussprechen zu können. Der kleine Paul braucht dringend Wörter, um der hübschen Marie sein Herz zu öffnen. Aber wie soll er das machen? Denn für all das, was er ihr gerne sagen würde, bräuchte er ein Vermögen … Eine poetische Geschicht ...more
Hardcover, German Edition
Published June 1st 2010 by mixtvision (first published 2009)
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Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Powerful, touching, warm-hearted story!

Phileas lives in a world where words are made at a factory. Only the rich can afford the valuable, creative, descriptive words. Phileas is not rich, people like him must hunt for words in trash cans, gutters, and if they are lucky, floating in the wind. Phileas has a special friend, Cybele. Her birthday is coming up, so Phileas saves up for three words to share with her. If he was rich, he would buy the words: I love you and happy birthday...but he is not,
Jan 16, 2013 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Thw whole time I'm reading this book, I'm thinking that it is a great concept and sweetly done, but something is just off. Yeah, the subtitle is insipid. Okay, the illustrations are about words, and the words are largely in French, but that's just a quirk of translation. Then the end... wow what a horrid little lecture from the American Psychological Association. Now I get it. Thanks to other reviewers on Goodreads I learn a little history of the book and how the American edition is skewed by th ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Marinela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apr 27, 2016 Hélène rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tout le monde
Shelves: jeunesse
Cerise poussière chaise!
Oct 28, 2016 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Existe un país donde la gente casi no habla, donde hay que comprar las palabras para poder pronunciarlas..." Así comienza esta historia: ilustrada, cortita y puede que catalogada como infantil, pero con una fuerza sorprendente y capaz de llegar al corazón. No dejen de darle una oportunidad, vale muchísimo la pena <3
Dec 16, 2016 Mieke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
een boek waar ook stoere jongens en meisjes stil van worden ;-)
Oct 05, 2011 Kt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was originally written in French (the version of which I have not read). The first version Iread was in Chinese and is titled "The Word Factory" (the Chinese version is not an option on GoodReads). The pictures are beautiful with contrasting colors like dark browns and greys (the colors of most printed words) with bright reds that portray all the subtleties, ominousness and brightness that a world economy based on the cost of words would create. In the meantime, the narrative focuses a ...more
Dit was echt een super prachtig en magisch boek.

Het land zelf, ik vond het best wel onderdrukkend, alsof het een oorlogsland betrof, maar nee, hier heerst een woordenfabriek, een fabriek die woorden uitspuugd, en ook de enige is die dat mag doen.

Als je wilt praten kun je woorden kopen, of je kunt ze vangen of goedkoop vinden, maar dat zijn over het algemeen toch niet echt goede worden. Appelsapmakerij of dromedariszadel, daar kan je toch niks mee?

Onze hoofdpersoon heeft een oogje op een meisje.
Jul 12, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phileas’s Fortune: A Story About Self-Expression by Agnes de Lestrade and illustrated by Valeria Docampo addresses the importance of self-expression over showing off or bullying. Where Phileas lives there is an old factory that spits out words. People must buy, catch, or hunt for the words then swallow those words they wish to speak. Some words are expensive and Phileas is poor, but he catches three words and saves them to say to a girl, Cybele. A bully, Oscar, is able to afford very expensive w ...more
Janne Varvára
God, this was a gorgeous book! The title, here in Norwegian, means "The Word Factory", and tells the short, but incredibly satisfying story of a young boy in a country where words have to be bought to be said. The rich have many, big, important words, but this little boy only has a few, stray words, which he's been able to catch with his butterfly net. He so wants to tell the little girl in his building "I love you", but only has the words "dust", "chair" and "cherry". What's really moving about ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Desirée rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Not only is the story beautiful, about the worth of speech and about the fact that having much is not always better than having little.

But the most beautiful thing in this book are the illustrations. To me, the only other artist who is that good and works in children's books today is Saun Tan - and that's saying something, he is awesome! Actually, the comparison to Tan works on more levels than 'just' quality, it's actually a similar approach: Valeria Docampo uses the same kind of clear li
Apr 13, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phileas lives in a town where a factory produces all of the words. You cannot speak a word until you have bought it (or found it) and have eaten it. Of course all of the fancy and important words are very expensive. How will he ever get the right words to say to the girl he loves?

In the first pages I had flashes of Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth. This was a very sweet story with slightly dark images for a kids' book. The only objection I have is the subtitle and the "parents' note" at the
The Styling Librarian
Phileas’s Fortune – a story about self-expression by Agnes de Lestrade, Valeria Docampo – Picture book – Interesting book that can be carefully interpreted and shared with children for discussion on appreciation of what you have even if it isn’t wealth… I personally loved the idea of a community that cannot speak a word that hasn’t been eaten… and then the words that are quality actually cost too much for the average person. What a quiet community it might be! I’ll be thinking about this book fo ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elementary-age
Love this book. The illustrations were gorgeous and the story has such a great message without being all preachy. A big machine makes words that people then have to buy from shops (grr consumerism and capitalism) but it's the way Phileas uses the few words he's got that gets so much more meaning across. It's a very cute story full of nudges for thinking outside the box and that more can be less- both ideas that are very much against the societal push for what's popular and going big or going hom ...more
This is the best of the magination press books we've got lately, and it would be even better if it hadn't had the stupid afterword and the subtitle "a story about self expression." Because it has beautiful illustrations, and actually tells a really sweet story, but then you get to the end and they tell you what you should have learned from this story. Just so you know you couldn't learn a variety of things, because this is just about one thing. Which I thought was ridiculous, because the book wi ...more
Susan Hoeck-buehler
Original Title La grande fabrique de mots.

I loved the concept of this book and envision using this as a discussion point with children in our international school. The children are multi-lingual and often arrive without any experience in the language of instruction. I see possible connections for discussions on friendship, love, awareness of body language and how we communicate with each other as well as on the difficulty of not having the words you need to express yourself. I haven't yet checke
Sharon Grimaldi
May 30, 2016 Sharon Grimaldi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was inmediately hooked with the story, due to the fact that it was a touching experience of being surrounded in a material world where is very difficult to reveal your true feelings without money. However, the heart always finds a way to reveal itself when love is real. I have to say that this story has a personal meaning to me...
Sep 03, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phileas can't afford the words he wants to speak to his neighbour for her birthday. But he's found some beautiful words that he's been saving for her, and when he finally gets to share them... The combination of anticipation, intimacy, colour and the words created a rushing feeling in my ears and a warm feeling in my fingers.
Marguarite Markley
OMG! How freakin' beautiful is this book?!?! In addition to being written wonderfully, the illustrations are fab! I LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! In a world where you can only speak the words you buy, you must choose carefully what you say and when you say it. What words would you buy and speak? *Sigh*
Dirk Vander Beken
Apr 20, 2013 Dirk Vander Beken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I worked with this wonderful book in my drama classes for primary school teachers in Antwerp and last week in Valencia. There is a Dutch kamishibai-edition by De Eenhoorn. I found a French film La fortune de Phileas with adolescent actors and a Spanish version for hearing-impaired persons. Inspiring book!
Jan 31, 2012 Brittney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edut-l-books
I thought the book was good because I liked the message portrayed that you don't need nice and expensive things to express yourself. I also thought the idea of having to buy words was interesting and original. The illustrations were also beautiful. The neutral tones and bursts of read really convey the mood of the story.
Simon Cian
This is a very sweet story with very clear moral lessons. while I would say it is worth a read I also feel that it's sweetness and morality are so overt that they ruin the experience slightly. It is almost as if the story is less important that the moral lesson...
Sweet story about two children who find a connection in a society where words must be bought or found before spoken. Wish there wasn't a heavy-handed message at the end telling you what to learn from the book, though.
Jan 02, 2012 Nadine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Such a great book for young ones and not so young ones.The images and colors are simply breath taking. Fell in love with it when one of my teachers at university read it at the beginning of his class. :)
Nov 27, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful picture book about the importance of words. What if you couldn't say what you wanted to say, because words cost money? You would need to be rich to say "I love you." If you aren't rich and wanted to celebrate a friend's birthday, what would you do? Lovely book.
Ruth Govaerts
Mar 15, 2016 Ruth Govaerts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eén van mijn lievelingsboeken! Zo'n mooie illustraties en zo'n mooie verhaallijn/betekenis!
MOET iedereen ooit gelezen hebben. Ik ben blij dat ik dit boek heb gekocht,
kan ik het later aan mijn kindjes voorlezen. :)
Petya Kokudeva
Освен великолепните (винаги!) рисунки на Valeria Docampo (Argentina), в тази книга се къта история, която наистина ще прочитам много пъти оттук насетне. Благодарна съм, че я имам. И, пет звездички изобщо не ми стигат.
Lisa Neumayr
Jun 06, 2012 Lisa Neumayr rated it it was amazing
Ein sehr schönes Buch mit einer ergreifenden aber dennoch auch lustigen Geschichte, das auch schon kleine Kinder zum Nachdenken und Diskutieren anregt.
Mar 21, 2016 Zaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A lovely story, warm and round and charming. I liked the idea about this world where you need to buy words if you want to speak them. The kid's story was moving, well shared by the text and the art.
Jun 13, 2013 Liese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for my kids in class and they LOVED it. It's a wonderful book with beautiful illustrations.
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