Illustrated by Giselle Potter
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2006
Front endpapers: cut-out words on light green
Back endpapers: Glossary of the many scrumptious words italicized throughout the book
Selig was a collector of words. He wrote all the great words he heard on a piece of paper and stuffed it in a pocket, in his sock, under his collar. But when he heard one of his peers call him an "oddball," he had a strange dream that sent him out into the world to find his purpose.
While doing so, he also found love. So upon his return home, still a young man, his parents were terribly happy for him.
Words are "cut" and dropped all over the pages. Lots of great words are italicized throughout the story.
I can think of oodles and oodles of activities to do with this including: class list of LUSCIOUS WORDS, laminate great words and tie by strings to trees around town, word mobiles, make a word potpouri - choose and use....
There's a Teacher's Guide at the Teachers at Random website.