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The Boy Who Loved Words

Press:Random House Childrens Books Schwartz & Wade; 1St Edition edition (March 28, 2006)
Publication Date:2006-3
Author Name:Schotter, Roni/ Potter, Giselle (ILT)


In this Parents' Choice Gold Award–winning book, Selig collects words, ones that stir his heart (Mama!) and ones that make him  laugh (giggle). 
But what to do with so many luscious words? After helping a poet find the perfect words for his poem (lozenge, lemon, and licorice), he figures it out: His purpose is to spread the word to others.
And so he begins to sprinkle, disburse, and broadcast them to people in need.

From Booklist

Some people collect shells or stones; young Selig collects words.
Whenever he hears a new one he likes, he jots it down on a slip of paper and stuffs it into a convenient pocket, a sock, a sleeve, or a hat.
When you're a kid, such eccentric behavior doesn't go unnoticed, and soon his classmates have given him a new name, "Wordsworth," and a new word to add to his collection, oddball.
Ouch! But with the help of a friendly genie, who calls him "Voidsvoith, a lover of voids," Selig finds his life's purpose and romance, to boot.
Potter's signature naive-style art is light and comical, while Schotter's words are a lovely celebration of the power and the music of language.
A glossary of Selig's favorite words--from aflutter to windmill--adorns the book's endpapers.
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From the Inside Flap

Selig collects them, ones that stir his heart (Mama!) and ones that make him laugh (giggle).
But what to do with so many luscious words? After helping a poet find the perfect words for his poem (lozenge, lemon, and licorice), he figures it out: His purpose is to spread the word to others.
And so he begins to sprinkle, disburse, and broadcast them to people in need.

About the Author

About the Author, Roni SchotterSome of Roni Schotter's favorite words are cozy, snuggle, ruckus, rutabaga, and potato. 
She is the author of numerous books for children, including Mama, I'll Give You the World, an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award Winner; Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street, an NCTE Notable Trade Book in the Language Arts; F Is for Freedom, recipient of the Washington Irving Award; Hanukkah!, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; Captain Bob Takes Flight; and Captain Bob Sets Sail.
Roni Schotter lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
From the Illustrator, Giselle Potter I drew a lot as a kid because that is what everyone around me did.
Everyone in my family was an artist and they all included me in their art.
Both my grandparents were painters and my grandfather always invited me (and everyone who visited his studio) to add to his paintings.
My dad made sculptures with found metal in the garage next to our house and the best way to talk to him was to think of something to make in his garage with him.
My parents had a puppet theater company called The Mystic Paper Beasts, with large papier-mâché masks and puppets.
Some of their shows were stories like The Emperors Nightingale, the story of Queen Isabella of Portugal, the life of Toulouse-Lautrec, or one about the circus called Manimal Zoo.
Until we were teenagers my sister, Chloe, and I performed and traveled with them, mostly doing street theater in the piazzas of Europe.
My mom helped me a keep all my pictures, stories, and tokens from our travels glued into a journal that I still use for inspiration now.
When missing school became more disruptive for me and my interest in being a normal teenager grew, I quit.
After high school I went to Indonesia by myself and studied Balinese miniature paintings.
I realized painting is what I’m happiest doing and I could actually go to college where that’ s all I would do.
So I went to Rhode Island School of Design.
I spent my last year of RISD in Rome where I painted lots of pictures of saints.
My first illustration job was a drawing for the New Yorker and soon after Chronicle Books published my book of saints, Lucy’s Eyes and Margaret’s Dragon.
Anne Schwartz offered me my first children’s book Mr.
Semolina-Semolinus, and I have illustrated over twenty since including The Year I Didn’t Go To School, about the experience of traveling in Europe with my parents’ puppet theater.
My latest endeavors with Anne Schwartz and Lee Wade are The Boy Who loved Words (Spring, 2006) and The Littlest Grape Stomper (Spring 2007).
At the moment, I am working with them on a version of the 19th century poem Wynken, Blynken and Nod.
Now I live in the Hudson Valley with my husband, who is a furniture maker, and our two daughters Pia and Isabel, who are just discovering for themselves the endless joy of making pictures.


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  •     As described -- fast shipping -- thank you!!

  •     Can't wait to use it.

  •     Book was not fun to read. Pictures weren't great. Story was boring.

  •     This book is so amazing as a central text for a book study. It not only opens up a great dialogue about words and how they can be used and what they mean to our society but it also has the social emotional component. My students explored such issues as bullying, loneliness, friendship and love. You can get so much out of this book in your classroom.

  •     Excellent!!

  •     Great fun

  •     Beautiful book with creative illustrations. Read it to my students and was enjoyed by all.

  •     Love this book to teach vocabulary!

  •     Such a fun book! I ordered a copy for my classroom, and sent a copy to my grandchildren along with blank journals for their word collections.

  •     I bought this book for a read aloud in 6th grade. My students enjoyed it, and it helped kick off our vocabulary study for the year. This book is about a boy who collected words and I asked my students what they liked to collect. We will be collecting words all year.

  •     For those who love books & language.

  •     Got this for my grandson who is almost 5. Teaches kids new words- some I need to look up before I read the book to him! :) It may be geared to a child little older… Or just a little more advanced.

  •     I love how the author seenlessly incorporates "big words" into sentences that students can identify the meaning through context clues. The sentence works and as theya re reading, kids come to the "big word" but kind of understand it due to the creative writing and pictures! A must read when helping students move from lower level academic and social language, to upper academic and social language!!!!

  •     GREAT book for teaching young readers to listen and look for new and interesting words. I read this at the beginning of the year to introduce our ongoing vocabulary notebook.

  •     Great book for teaching context clues!


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