Scholastic Children's Dictionary (2013)

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It's here in inexpensive hardcover and NOOK Book: The 864-page new edition of the Scholastic Children's Dictionary. This comprehensive dictionary is a gift that will keep on giving. Editor's recommendation.

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This updated version of the original 2011 edition provides elementary students with a detailed introduction to the use of a dictionary. Although online dictionaries have seen increased usage, learning to negotiate all the information a dictionary provides is best learned with a hard copy and this edition is one of the most useful. Beginning with an overview, special features, and a pronunciation guide, this 863 page book includes new and expanded entries with sample sentences, a thesaurus, guides on grammar and punctuation, simplified pronunciations, word histories, up to date computer, scientific and cultural terms, an expanded geography section with tons of maps, biographies of the presidents, more than 1000 color photos and a simplified guide to accessing words and information. Boxed features explore topics in more depth, and the format is appealing and just plain fun to use. With the continued decline in the correct usage of the English language, this edition will help both teachers and students to become proficient users. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 3–6—Scholastic is sticking to the formula it unrolled for the 2010 edition-mainly using photographs instead of drawings for illustrations and including modern vernacular, such as "chat room," and "mosh pit." Many of the pages in the 2013 edition are identical to those in the previous work. Entries are in neat, clearly defined columns and a large, easy-to-read font. Entry words appear in red and definitions are in black. The photographs are of remarkably fine resolution, possessing an almost 3-D quality and lifelike colors. This edition still has a 10-page thesaurus, grammar and idioms guides, a table of acronyms, a list of U.S. presidents, U.S. and world maps, and a table of world flags. Gone are the charts for the Braille and ASL alphabets, however. The few additions to this edition consist mainly of more word histories (users can now find the stories behind "grim," "molt," "relent," and "rummage"), and there are a few more photographs. Still in place is the use of phonetic pronunciation guides instead of the more academic use of symbols as guides. All in all, this is an attractive, modern reference, but unless your 2010 copy is in tatters, there is no need to invest in it.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545604956
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 29,432
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Perfect for first to third graders.

    I purchased this dictionary for our son who is in first grade. There were three dictionaries written for children and he selected this one himself. The dictionary is colorful and the spacing and typeset make it easy to use and is not intimidating as more "grown-up" dictionaries can be. Our son uses his dictionary weekly for his spelling words, he goes through the alphabet and picks out the words that interest him. As an added benefit his vocabulary has grown tremendously.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    This dictionary is great!

    This dictionary is great! My son is six years old and a bit advanced but he will literally spend hours reading through this and checking out the pictures. The reference material included inside are awesome! Highly reccomended!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2008

    Definitions appear in font without 'serifs', making it harder to read for some people. Why would you do that?

    Font should be in style like Times Roman, that is easily read. Not in the straight style that is used above, in your RATINGS wording.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

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    This is a great resource for the elementary-aged student.  Color

    This is a great resource for the elementary-aged student.  Color photos and illustrations plus text boxes including the history of some words make good visual breaks in the columns of text.  The cover states, "The only children's dictionary currently featuring a thesaurus, grammar guide, punctuation guide, idioms guide, and a geography section" and while I can't confirm that fact, those sections in this dictionary are indeed helpful.  There is information on numbers and measurements, plus a two-page spread giving info on each president up through Barack Obama and including a small color photograph.  Flags, facts, and maps of countries of the world and each U.S. state and territory and Canadian provinces increases the benefit to young learners.  Printed tabs for each letter help to quickly find words in the dictionary.  In addition to the intended grade level, this resource will work well for older students who are struggling readers and also for those learning English.

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    this was a book for boys and girls club and they love it

    they love the book and is very educational

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    Great For All KIDS

    I have 2 kids in second grade and I bought them both a dictionary. What I didn't think would happen was that they would just sit down and look through the book just for fun. They love the dictionary because of the easy reading and the pictures which I even enjoy! So this is great for any child.

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

    Happy Grandchildren

    My Grandchildren are very happy with the book. They are young (7 and 6 years old), but they both enjoy reading. Even when the book is made for older children, it is clear enough for younger children to understand, and will hopefully be beneficial for many years to come.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    good for homework

    on a childrens level

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    children's dictionary

    We enjoy using this dictionary very much. The illustrations arouse our children's curiosity. It turns into a learning extravaganza! It is also age appropriate. You can turn it into a game as well. Have fun with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2009

    A very good book for education!!!!!!!!

    I bought this book for my Granddaught that is just starting school. I think it will be very helpful to her in all her subjects for many years. It has so much information in it, then just words and their meaning. I would recommend it for all ages. I wish they had something like this when I was in school. I would like to have one myself someday.

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