Kingfisher First Dictionary

Kingfisher First Dictionary

by Angela Crawley
     
 

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Kingfisher First Dictionary by Angela Crawley and John Grisewood is the ideal first dictionary for 5- to 8-year-olds contains over 1,500 core words from alligator to zipper, carefully selected to complement the books that children of this age are beginning to read. The clear definitions and sample sentences are enhanced with realistic photos and artwork that help

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Kingfisher First Dictionary by Angela Crawley and John Grisewood is the ideal first dictionary for 5- to 8-year-olds contains over 1,500 core words from alligator to zipper, carefully selected to complement the books that children of this age are beginning to read. The clear definitions and sample sentences are enhanced with realistic photos and artwork that help build the child's comprehension and reading readiness.

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“New and updated reference guides for beginning readers aim to improve vocabulary and all-around knowledge.” —Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
New and updated reference guides for beginning readers aim to improve vocabulary and all-around knowledge. According to PW, Kingfisher First Dictionary by John Grisewood and Angela Crawley sports "a highly accessible design," with its copious illustrations, photos and examples. Kingfisher First Thesaurus by George Beal, illus. by Martin Chatterton, also updated, employs line illustrations over the requisite synonyms, antonyms and homonyms. Games and more in-depth looks at selected topics broaden its appeal. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This beginner dictionary is child friendly. The emerging reader will enjoy the bold and easy to read entries. Pictures and illustrations for the concrete terms are depicted in the majority of the entries. To use this dictionary, the words are segregated by subject, such as fruits and clothes. Many of the entries include sentence examples for the words. Throughout this book readers will find wordplay boxes that are vocabulary builders. A teacher can always challenge students by having the students generate more words for each of the subject areas as they master the words listed here. 2004, Kingfisher Publications, Ages 5 to 8.
—Rosa Roberts
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Both of these resources are geared to beginning readers, but the similarity ends there. Thesaurus offers 100 entries in black type against blue boxes-a concern for new readers. Each entry shows part of speech, definition, and 2 to 6 synonyms with examples of use in a sentence, an approach that fails to convey shades of meaning. Many also include "opposite words." Unfortunately, many of the definitions and examples are far too difficult for the intended audience (e.g., Big: "Something is called big because it is sizable or important"), and the introduction, written for children, contains extremely sophisticated vocabulary and syntax. Dictionary includes 1500 words or phrases that children hear every day, including both simple terms such as "dry" as well as more complicated ones like "mystery." All definitions are presented in complete sentences, with defined words in bold type, and common dictionary terms are replaced with simpler language; for example, cross-references tell users to "look at" another word. The layout, featuring copious color illustrations and photos, an excellent use of white space, and a contextual "letter string" down the side of each page, is especially appropriate for this age group. Pronunciation guides appear for words with difficult spellings, but this feature is inconsistent. On the whole, Dictionary, with its limited scope and useful features, is a far better match for the skills and needs of this audience than Thesaurus.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Compiling a dictionary for young children who are just learning how to read can be a daunting task. What words do you include, how deep do you go, and how do you explain abstract concepts? Fortunately, the editors and publishers of this children's dictionary have good answers to all of these questions. Approximately 1,500 words were chosen based on frequency of use by young children. Parts of speech are not indicated, but simple verb forms are included (for example, under "add," you find "adding, added"). Suggestions are provided as to how to pronounce some of the more difficult words. If there is a word that is easily confused with another, the differences in spellings and meanings are described. When the origin of a word contributes to its meaning, or otherwise makes it more memorable, it is included (e.g., hippopotamus, from the Greek words that mean "river horse"). Definitions are written in simple language, and are often accompanied by sentences that show how the word is used (these sentences also help to pin down the meanings of some of the conceptual terms). When a word has more than one meaning, the different meanings are numbered. Almost all the words are illustrated, either with pictures or photographs. Some words, such as "aircraft," "boat," and "opposite," have full-page spreads that demonstrate the different aspects of these terms. Scattered throughout the dictionary are "wordplay boxes" which contain games and puzzles. At the end of the dictionary are a list of other useful words, length measurements, illustrations about how to tell time, and a list of words that are often misspelled. For parents and teachers who want to teach youngsters about words, and give them experience in developing elementary dictionary skills, this book is an excellent resource. Reviewer: Leona Illig

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753458075
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
06/10/2004
Series:
Kingfisher First Reference Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.47(w) x 10.49(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

John Grisewood graduated from Oxford University, England. His early career was in children's magazines. He compiled and edited numerous reference books including The Kingfisher Illustrated Thesaurus and The Kingfisher Illustrated Dictionary.

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