Schotter, R., & Potter, G. (ill.) (2006). The boy who loved words. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books. ISBN: 978-0375836015
Annotation: Selig is a boy who loves words and collects his favorites on scraps of paper stuffed in his clothes, but he finds he loves them best when he shares them.
Reaction: As someone who loves words, I really enjoyed reading this book, and I would enjoy sharing it with fifth graders in order to foster their own love of words. Selig’s physical collection of words is glorious, and I love the idea of a kid just carrying around seemingly random scraps of paper covered in wonderful words.
The collaged words in the illustrations keep the reader looking out for new and fascinating words, and the illustrations recall the 1950’s era of American history.
The author provides a link to a Teacher’s Guide for the book that includes ideas for vocabulary projects, as well as connecting the book to social studies, art and music.
Parents’ Choice 2006 Gold Award Winner.
This book is on the 2011 Students’ List for “Books receiving votes for Top Ten Favorites from students in Summer 2011.”
Media Used: Pencil, ink, gouache, gesso, watercolor, and collage
Grade Level: 5th
Summary of Lesson: Study Selig’s favorite words for a spelling and definition quiz, write a story featuring class’s favorite words
Focus Question: What are your own favorite words and how can you use them?
Books/websites used: The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
–>Read The Boy Who Loved Words
–>Individually, write out Selig’s favorite words & look up the definitions
–>As a class, create a list of students’ favorite words and their definitions
–>Individually, write a story featuring the class’s favorite words
–>At the end of the week, quiz students on the spelling and definitions of Selig’s words
–>Develop dictionary using skills
–>Creativity while working within specific parameters