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The Boy Who Loved Words

Last updated Sunday, March 6, 2016

Author: Roni Schotter
Illustrator: Giselle Potter
Date of Publication: 2006
ISBN: 0375836012
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Mar. 2016

Synopsis: In this Parents' Choice Gold Awardwinning 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.

Note to readers:
•  A glossary is at the back of the book.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What are some of the words on the cover?
•  When you don't know the meaning of a word, what do you do?
•  Who decides what new words get added to dictionaries? (Lexicographers-a person who compiles dictionaries)


•  Tintinnabulating- a ringing or tinkling sound
•  Periphery- on or near the sides
•  Predilection- a natural liking for something
•  Amphora- a tall ancient Greek or Roman jar with two handles and a narrow neck
•  Chockablock- full of many things

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What do you like to collect?
•  What is your favorite word?
•  What did Selig do with all his words?
•  What became Selig's mission?
•  Do you ever get lonely?

Craft ideas:
•  Have kids draw a tree on construction paper. Then have them cut out leaves, write their favorite words on each leaf and paste it to the tree (example on Pinterest).
•  Check out our March craft ideas on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Have kids write a poem using their favorite words.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!