Clifford's Big Dictionary

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The perfect back-to-school reference book for the early elementary set!

From Scholastic, the most trusted name in learning (R), comes this picture dictionary featuring America's favorite big red dog, Clifford!

The 128-page dictionary has:

• Alphabetical entries, with 10-25 words per letter, each illustrated with spot art.

• Simple sentences beneath each word to help describe it and put it in context.

• Frontmatter and backmatter, which ...

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Overview


The perfect back-to-school reference book for the early elementary set!

From Scholastic, the most trusted name in learning (R), comes this picture dictionary featuring America's favorite big red dog, Clifford!

The 128-page dictionary has:

• Alphabetical entries, with 10-25 words per letter, each illustrated with spot art.

• Simple sentences beneath each word to help describe it and put it in context.

• Frontmatter and backmatter, which includes sections on how to use a dictionary, numbers & colors, opposites, the body, things that go, Clifford's Big Ideas, and more!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Over four hundred words are presented in alphabetic order, each accompanied by a drawing and a sentence using the word, rather than a formal definition. The right-hand page borders are color-coded with the appropriate letter in red and a table of contents also provides page numbers to help locate specific letters. The number of words offered obviously depend on the initial letter with, for example, ten pages of words and pictures for "S" and only two for "V." The dictionary portion is followed by sections on numbers and colors, body parts for people and animals, seasons, activities (e.g., baking, swimming), places (e.g., towns, desert, island), opposites, relationships between people, and modes of transportation. Several aspects of the book raise concerns, particularly with regard to its appropriateness for second language learners. The use of the Clifford character sometimes presents the dog as gigantic in size relative to the target word, and sometimes as very tiny, which would certainly be confusing. Phrases such as "a lot" (in the "A's") are included as target words, and pictorial representations are seemingly more dictated by artistic considerations than accurate representation. For example, the word "bone" is illustrated by a can filled with dog biscuits; although they might be called dog bones on the package, they hardly offer a useful guide for identifying actual bones or understanding their function. Many drawings fail to illustrate relational words, e.g., "together" shows Clifford with two other dogs, but could as easily illustrate "beside" or "above" given the arrangement of figures. Although fans of the "Clifford" series may be aided in learning the alphabet with this book, it is not recommended as a dictionary. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545217729
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Clifford Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 786,764
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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