MacMillan Dictionary for Children

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The #1 children's dictionary in America is now completely revised with a stunning design! With more than 3,000 images and 35,000 up-to-date entries, the most trusted name in children's reference is easy to navigate and fun to peruse. Authoritative, accurate, and current, the Macmillan Dictionary for Children is the ideal resource for beginning readers and spellers.

Includes 35,000 entries, with photographs, illustrations, and maps, as well as word histories, ...

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Overview

The #1 children's dictionary in America is now completely revised with a stunning design! With more than 3,000 images and 35,000 up-to-date entries, the most trusted name in children's reference is easy to navigate and fun to peruse. Authoritative, accurate, and current, the Macmillan Dictionary for Children is the ideal resource for beginning readers and spellers.

Includes 35,000 entries, with photographs, illustrations, and maps, as well as word histories, spelling notes, and cultural- and gender-inclusive definitions.

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Dictionaries offer a world of knowledge to students, but sometimes these references bombard young eyes and minds with information that lacks clarity and simplicity. The Macmillan Dictionary for Children is the exception.

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.

Publishers Weekly
With 35,000 entries, 1,100 color photographs and a reference section including a thesaurus and maps of the world, the Macmillan Dictionary for Children 4th Revised Edition makes a handy resource. Other features include spelling hints, brief etymologies for selected words, and expanded illustrations with labeled parts. (July) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This revised edition contain more than 35,000 entries, a readable and helpful set of introductory pages that explains how the dictionary is structured and tips on how to best use the information. There are pronunciation guides, synonym lists, homonyms, color illustrations with captions, spelling tips, entomology and of course the definitions. This new edition has included contemporary terms such as Web, Web browser, HTML, and hypertext. The dictionary also contains a list of the U.S. Presidents, the states, and countries of the world with information such as the name of the capital, population, area and monetary unit and a color representations of each flag,. Full color maps of the world and the solar system plus a table of weights and measures round out the volume. An extremely useful dictionary for home and school at a reasonable price.
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
There are 35, 000 entries in this new edition. Among them are the words "blog" and "global warming." The illustrations, photos and their captions illuminate the meanings of the words. There are more than 3,000 "detailed images" included in this dictionary and they give a very inviting look to it. Sections highlighted in blue following the definition present the origin or history of the word. Those highlighted in yellow provide information that will help the reader use the word correctly. There are feature panels that provide expanded information, such as the carbon cycle, global warming and the creation of a valley. There are three optical illusions that any reader will find interesting. With its clear definitions, homophones, clean layout and images, I highly recommend this for home, school and library purchase. There are more sections in the back of the book that include the following: information about the U.S. states; maps of North America and the world; countries and their flags; the eight planets; climate; and the world's people. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
Gr 3-8--Modeled closely after the 1989 edition, this revised dictionary contains 35,000 entries with well-placed, full-color photographs and illustrations on almost every page. Many timely words have been added--karaoke, Velcro, Internet, online, alimony, rap (music), and telecommunications--but not modem or clone. When there are multiple meanings, each is numbered. Illustrative sentences often follow definitions. The syllabication, pronunciation, plural, and parts of speech round out each entry. Homophones are listed; for selected words, examples of synonyms are used in sentences. Word histories are given for interesting cases and are set off by red bars. Green bars indicate language-usage notes, explaining words such as ain't, among, capital/capitol, real/really, emigrate/immigrate. Spelling tips are offered at the beginning of each letter section. An excellent usage guide, an extensive history of the English language, and a pronunciation key are provided. A final reference section contains portraits and brief facts about the presidents, flags with brief statistics about the countries they represent, several maps, and weights and measure conversion charts. This version updates the presidential information and expands the flag section but does not include a time line. Attractive and easy to use, this new edition has retained the best of its predecessor and has modernized its look and contents.--Priscilla Bennett, State University of West Georgia, Carrollton
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5-Revised and updated with 35,000 entries and more than 3000 full-color illustrations, this attractive dictionary is a browser's delight. An introductory section explains how to find a word and includes a helpful spelling guide. Colorful alphabet tabs appear in capitals on the left and in lowercase on the right of each spread; guide words appear in blue at the top of each page. Red arrowheads in entries indicate illustrations; there are generally between three and six of these per spread, all with engaging captions. Pronunciation guides, alternate spellings, parts of speech, other forms, and idioms that include the word in question accompany each clearly written definition. Occasional word histories are boxed in blue, and language notes in yellow. Any broad category with which the word is associated-such as history or government-is also mentioned, though these are a bit redundant and arbitrary. For instance, "Science" is an entry, but "Chemistry," "Biology," and "Environment," which could all fall under it, are mentioned separately. Eye-catching feature panels provide detailed information about words of particular interest to children, such as cats, storms, and sharks. The reference section includes maps; a chart showing each state's flag, nickname, capital, population, name origin, flower, and bird; a list of presidents-their terms, First Ladies, and vice presidents; a list of countries and their flags; charts about environmental issues; and a section on the solar system, reflecting Pluto's demotion. An accessible and enticing addition.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416939597
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/10/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 59,955
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Great for kids, young adults and slow learners

    I gave this dictionary to my adult literacy student who was having trouble underatanding the adult dictionary and having a hard time with the very small print in the regular dictionary. We love this book! It contained easy to understand "phonics," simple definitions, and a sentence for each word to teach context. We especially like that the alphabet is shown on both outer edges of the open book - one side capitals, the other small case - color coded to help find words. I would recommend this book for children, young adults or anyone who is still learning to read or is in any way learning challenged. My only suggestion would be to take "for Children" out of the title - make it something like "Dictionary for Beginning to Intermediate Readers." Good going, MacMillan!!

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    My 7-year old loves it.

    My 7-year old daughter has this book in her classroom at school, and when I was shopping for a dictionary for her, she said she wanted this one. So we purchased it and she really loves it. It is user-friendly and suitable for any child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    I love this dictionary for students! The students really relate

    I love this dictionary for students! The students really relate to the pictures, and the way the dictionary gives hints about homonyms and other common errors is wonderful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

    Best dictionary I could find

    I looked at lots of children's dictionaries before I settled on this one. It seemed to be written at the appropriate level for my children (grades 3 and 5), but it's not too juvenile. They could use it like an adult dictionary, but the illustrations and the use of color are entirely appropriate for children.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    Macmillan Dictionary is the best dictionary for kids!

    This is the best dictionary I ever bought for my children. It is visually stimulating as it provides pictures and illustrations for some of the words and each alphabet tab is color coded to help you find the letter you are looking for. Also, after the definition of each word is a sentence. This helps my child understand how the word is used. I would highly recommend this dictionary as the first dictionary for children who are school-age.

    Two thumbs up!

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