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The Boy Who Loved Words

The Boy Who Loved Words

Spring 2006 Fiction
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Roni Schotter
Illustrator: Giselle Potter
ISBN: 0375936017
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Selig, an otherwise unremarkable boy who lived near NY long ago in the 1930s, collected words. He loved them. He could hear them, taste them, make pictures with them, etc. etc. But could he make a living with them his father, a practical man, wondered. And his beautiful round Mama, “a windmill of worry,” summoned her strength to help. She kept cooking and stuffing her family. In his own dreams, Selig somehow summoned a genie, who looked curiously like a shtetl rabbi, assured him he was not only what the other children called him—oddball— he was a “Voidsmith,” a lover of “voids.” He would take his stored words out of his shirt, his shoes, his hat, his sweater and share them with others.

This book, the story, the illustrations, is a history of a culture that made the place where Selig lived an important rich spot in U.S. history, art and legend.

Review   ©2006 Parents' Choice

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