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The Boy Who Loved Words

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  404 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Words. Selig loves everything about them--the way they tast 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 many luscious words? Surrounded by doubters, Selig journeys forth and discovers tha
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Schwartz & Wade
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Lisa Vegan
Apr 19, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids who love words; budding writers; for vocabulary building; oddballs of all ages; collectors
Maybe this isn’t a five star book (I had to get used to the way people were depicted, and its attempt at diversity fell short, and even some short parts of the story rubbed me the wrong way, just a tiny bit) but I’m a sucker for books such as this, and 5 stars it is. And, I do this it’s an excellent book.

This book takes a long, long time to read if all the words are read. In addition to the story, there are many words on most pages. (They reminded me of the magnetic poetry kits’ words.) If readi
I've been going to the library lately looking for childrens' books about word worship or library love. I find all kinds of books that seem to be just what I am looking for and then I get them home and read them and they are just blah. Eh. Good idea. Not so great execution of idea. This book is a classic example. They could have done much better, although the short part about the boy sharing his collected words with a poet with writer's block was okay.

Where is the whizzbang wonder? There are ple
Jun 23, 2011 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn by: Lisa Vegan--thank you!
A wonderous ode to the beauty of words. The boy in this story loves words and collects them as some people would collect rocks or stamps or baseball cards. But when he finds himself overloaded with words, he must find a way to free up his mind and his pockets. In a delightful bit of serendipity, he learns that he can do great things for people by sharing his words.

A charming and clever tale for budding logophiles, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think I would have loved it as a child since
I kept waiting for this book to be about someone who really lived (an author, poet, etc.) and it wasn't - so, I think had I known that for sure prior to reading I would have enjoyed the book even more.

That said, I like the way this book was written, and especially liked that all the complicated words were explained in the back for those curious to know their definitions.

The arc of the story wasn't anything amazing, but I appreciated what the book set out to do, and how children who revel in word
Caitlin Barclay
This is a book all about a boy that loves words! I would say that this is an inspirational book that encourages readers to find purpose in what they enjoy doing. The fact that this boy loves words and the words that the author includes makes me want to write a poem! The book includes a glossary of the words used because some of them I have never heard before! I would like to have this in my classroom to help students see what can be done with their dreams and with words!
Cierra Garrison
My first thought after finishing this book how how many different ways you could take it! This would be a fantastic read aloud for grades 1-3. For first graders, each student can pick a more advanced word from the story (ex: tantalizing, earnest, obligation, ect) look up the meaning of it, where it originated from, and give an example of how it could be used in a sentence. Then the students can present their findings to the class. For 2nd or 3rd graders, since the little boy in the stories hobby ...more
I fell instantly in love with his book! Great, Super, Amazing, Incredible, Exquisite! I'm speechless! It's a joy. I Love Words and I in fact do collect them in my good words document. I feel so appreciated by this book. I bet Selig would be the best person to help me make my novel come to life! Sigh.
Victor Marquez
In this book there is a kid who likes to collect words every word he heard that he liked he would write it down.He stuffed new ones inside his shirts,down his socks,up his sleeves,under his hat.His father was a practical manwho sold sturdy shoes and his mom was a large,lovely women from the old country. In school they would call him wordsworth one of the kids called him oddball selig repeated and laughed. Selig's steps were liht and filled with purpose. In that way, a baker whose pastries had al ...more
This book serves so many useful purposes, aside from just being a fascinating story with fantastic illustrations. I've used this in my classroom (grade 4, but would be appropriate for younger grades) to teach about word choice in writing, and how the use of a 'precise' word is often more effective than the use of a 'big' word. The story also addresses how the 'oddballs' in the world feel, so it's also a good story for anti-bullying week. It's also a story of adventure, as the boy who loves words ...more
Over the last two days I read this book with my class.

Back in May when I read this book for the first time, I wrote:

"The language in this story is marvelous. What a great way to share juicy words! I am not certain about the 3.6 reading level Follett assigns. Students will be able to follow the story, but the language could trip them up a bit.

I should use this as a read aloud when we read Donavan's Word Jar."

Well, I did just that. The students really enjoyed the book, as did I. The language is so
Joanna Marple
Potter already has me intrigued with her book jacket of a young boy surrounded by nouns and adjectives cut from newsprint! Schotter hooks me on page one, by not shying away from our hero’s love of BIG words like tintinnabulating or tantalizing! Selig collects words as other young boys might shells or stamps. On every page of Selig’s story the reader will encounter new words; a plethora of rich vocabulary as well as a creative plot, and while this vocabulary feast will feed many, some children wi ...more
I am a fourth grade teacher and I am starting a word study in my class. I read an interview with Ralph Fletcher on some good things that writers do. In the interview he talked about collecting words to use in ones writing. He thought it was a good thing to do to inspire children to use different words to enhance their writing. I used this book as a springboard to the lesson. Then I told some of what Ralph Fletcher said in his interview and then I asked the students to watch for words in their re ...more
Laura Mcclanahan
Genre- post- Modern Children's books

A boy is somewhat of an outcast because he focuses so much on the words to describe the world he lives in, he doesn't really act "normal". The words the boy thinks float all over the page in typed lettering, appearing on scraps of paper and falling ontop of the objects described in the book. The narrator mentions a few of these words, but the reader must pause the plot in order to take in all of the descriptions for the sky, the animals, the items in the windo
Jun 23, 2014 Andre added it
This story was about a boy who love words. This boy is not a average boy. He wasnt like other kids and played alot. HE just wanted to collect words. Later in the story, the little boy came across a word tree. and picked words from the word tree. He was tired and fell asleep in the word tree. and a strange man watched him sleep. He woke up and talked to the stranger man and the talked about words. the man took the litte boy home to his family that also loves words. and they had a family day with ...more
"The Boy Who Loved Words" is a great and quirky book about a boy named Selig, who loves words! He loves them so much that he collects new words everywhere he goes. But after he is picked on by some of his friends, who tell him to add the word "oddball" to his collection of words, he is hurt. His family worries about him. One night, a genie appeared in his sleep and told him that he has a passion for helping others with their words. As a result, he goes on a journey, collecting words and giving i ...more
Book Title: The boy who loved words by Roni Schotter

Short description: This story is about a boy who loves to collect words. He learns how words are powerful and he uses his collection to help people.

Features to teach in a mini-lesson:

1. Language: I would use this story to show how words can create a more descriptive story and add effect to writing. We could use this story to learn new words like, aflutter and tantalizing. This could be a way to revise writing and replace over used words.

Sophia C
I bought this book from Amazon and chose not to read anything about it. It was an impulse buy based on the title and cover art. I was pleasantly surprised when I read the story due to the moral of the story.
The only reason I cannot give this book five stars is because of the following:

My first impression of the message in the book made me think of Jesus and spreading the word of Christ (this is a little silly considering the author, but still).
There were some transition problems in my opinion in
this story is about a boy who loves words. he collects words and saves his favourites and he’s ostracized because of this and comes to a point where he’s left home and a man stumbles upon some of his words and makes a poem out of them. he then decides it’s his purpose to spread his words around the world. at the end he meets a girl named melody and the narrator says if ever a word comes upon you it’s because of the boy, and if you feel like singing it’s because melody’s with him.
kind of working
Ashley Stone
This story is about Selig/Wordsworth who has an uncanny love of words. As a boy, he was an outcast with the other children his age because while other kids had the normal hobbies, he liked to collect words. He meets a poet who just so happens to use some of Selig’s favorite words in his poetry. This encourages Selig and he continues to pursue his own hobby. After Selig grows older, he meets a woman named Melody and they fall in love. At my age, I liked this book. I’m not sure if it would be a go ...more
My favorite line (edited so it isn't in a thick accent), "You are Wordsworth, a lover of words. Already you have what people search their whole life for--an enthusiasm, a passion. What you need now is a purpose, a mission." This spoke to me so much! Great book.
Selig, a boy who loves words, family worries about his interest in words. Some kids begin to pick at him by telling him to add "oddball" to his collection. After feeling lonely he sets on a mission to find his purpose and on his way he meets some word loving friends. This book has an amazing vocabulary; definitely a great children's book.

I would use the book in an older classroom to help them begin to learn how to use different describing words. For example, swirling winds and rhapsody of birds
Kyle Turck
The Boy Who Loved Words is a very cool book, especially in the way that it is almost a picture book geared towards older readers. The book tells the story of a young boy who collects words and goes on to realize that his purpose in life is to share those words with those who need them. This book is great for building vocabulary, as many of the words are quite complex and all of the words are contained in the back of the book with definitions, which is why this is a great book for vocabulary work ...more
"Upon my word!" you may say. "How lucky I am!" are words you would hear from me after reading this book, and you will also see those words a number of times in the book. Roni Schotter tells the story of a young boy who collects words, and notices things for much of his life. He is lonely and feels set apart, but carries on with his word gifts! Words-both beautiful and intriguing-float around the man, pleasing, but not without experiencing loneliness still. At last he hears a lovely song, and thu ...more
The title is intriguing and there is more than a little poetic prose in this book. Furthermore, appreciation for even mundane words is professed. Tune, melted, and fruit are right up there with mellifluous and swarthy. Nice idea in theory, but I suppose I'm just not that egalitarian.

The illustrations are interesting. The palate of skin tones and the choice of hair styles is just a little unusual.

While unique and enjoyable, this is definitely not a 5 star book in my opinion. Still, it is a litt
I like all of the words used to tell this story. It seems like it would be a great companion story for the upcoming Melissa Sweet book about Roget and his thesaurus.
Edward Creter
Wordsworth is a boy who loves collecting words. Now his mission is to pass the love along. One of my faves 'cos I'm a word fan myself.
Kelsey Yates
The words are nice, but it doesn't say he did anything productive with his life. How did he and his wife have money to eat?
Ruth Ann
This is the story of a boy who has a passion for words . . . how they taste on his tongue, how they feel in his ears, and how they move his heart. He is called an oddball at school and is often lonely. After advice from a djinn in a dream, he realizes that he does have a passion, he just has to find a purpose.

I like all the vocabulary introduced in the book ( and the glossary in the back) but I found the story line lacking, though the themes and sentiment were excellent. Also, the style of artwo
Christina McGuire
This is one of those children's books that may appeal to adults better than kids.
Great book for teaching about adjectives/describing words- "juicy" words!
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