Boy Who Loved Words
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Written by Roni
Illustrated by Giselle Potter
40 pages; 10.2 in. x 10.1 in.
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (March 2006)
Words. Selig loves
everything about them- the way they taste on his tongue
(tantalizing), the sound they whisper in his ears
(tintinnabulating!), and- most of all- the way they stir his heart.
And he collects them voraciously, the way others collect stamps or
seashells. But what to do with so may luscious words? Surrounded by
doubters, Selig journeys forth and discovers that there is always
someone- a poet, a baker, maybe even YOU- searching for the perfect
word...a word that he can provide. This enchanting tall tale from
Roni Schotter- chockablock with whimsical illustrations by Giselle
Potter- celebrates language, the gift and gusto of words, and one
boy's larger-than-life passion to share them.
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
Research verifies that art assists vocabulary
development as it provides another pathway to
memory and expands the visual context of the word.
Encourage students to add symbols and illustrations
to their word labels around the room and to the
words in their name badges. If interest prevails,
encourage the class to work over time cooperatively
illustrating the glossary in this book.
FROM: Kingore, B. (2009). Bertie's
Austin, TX: Professional Associates
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND
Roni Schotter is the
award-winning author of 28 books for children, including
picture books and story picture books for middle readers, as
well as middle-grade and young adult novels. She was
born in New York City and grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode
Island. She attended Carnegie Mellon University and
graduated from New York University with a B.A. in
English. She lives in a small village north of New
York City with her husband, a playwright/lyricist and
professor. She has one son, Jesse, who loves writing
and reading as much as she does.
Potter graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1994.
After moving to Brooklyn, she did freelance illustration
with the New Yorker, inspiring a lucky chain of work with
many magazines and children's books. She lives with husband,
Kier, and two daughters, Pia and Isabel, in the Hudson