The Boy Who Loved Words

By Roni Schotter; Giselle Potter (Illustrator)
Schwartz & Wade Books, Hardcover, 9780375836015, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 23, 2006

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In this "Parents' Choice" Gold Award winning 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.

About the Author
I was born in New York City and lived in an apartment building called "The House of Joyful Living." On the roof there was an outdoor shower, a goldfish pond, some potted trees, a handball court, and a hawk's eye view of the buildings around us - including the Empire State Building. With a mama and a papa all to myself, it seemed that we lived in paradise. Then my two sisters were born and we moved to an apartment in Brooklyn - no goldfish pond, but from the six-story roof I could see the Statue of Liberty lifting its torch to me and the tall, gray smokestack of the nearby Pilgrim Laundry. When I was nine, my parents brought out a wooden puzzle map of the United States and tried to show my sisters and I where we were moving. They couldn't because the tiniest piece was missing - Rhode Island.

I grew up in Rhode Island, enjoying my new backyard where we grew one of everything - a pea plant, a tomato plant, a gladiolus, etc. I loved being only minutes away from the ocean. Eating "Johnny cakes" and clams.

I was always terribly shy and spent a great deal of time observing people and the beauty around me, storing it up, for I never guessed that I'd end up being a writer.

Now that I'm an adult and a writer, I still feel like a child. In fact, I often feel like someone impersonating a grownup, so it's far easier for me to write for children than to write for adults.

Life is full of so many wonderful things - happy, sad, amazing, puzzling, beautiful and ugly things. Writing helps me to figure out the world. I love the power of words and how powerful I feel when I use them the right way. I intensely value imagination and worry that many children have it knocked out of them as they grow up and are exposed to life, mass culture, and the media. I love using my imagination when I write. I feel I am speaking very directly to my children. To me, children are the best!

Mary Pope Osborne is the award-winning author of many distinguished books for children and young adults, including the bestselling Magic Treehouse series; "Favorite Medieval Tales, " illustrated by Troy Howell; "American Tall Tales, " illustrated by Michael McCurdy; "Rocking Horse Christmas, " illustrated by Ned Bittinger; and A"daline Falling Star." The former president of the Author's Guild, she lives in New York City with her husband, Will.
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