Well versed and dependable, lucid and easy to use, this mighty reference offers more than mere words and their meanings. Each section begins with spelling hints for that particular letter. Highlights offer navigation around words that sound alike: For gait, the entry duly notes that "Another word that sounds like this is gate." Budding etymologists will love the "Word History" paragraphs that explain the sometimes ancient origins of the words we use every day. Illustrations, expanded and more detailed descriptions, and various other aids also help to engage curious young minds. A reference section at the back of the book contains a small thesaurus, tables of weights and measures, maps, and other features.
A handy, trustworthy tool for young readers and writers, this volume is a necessity for every student's desk.