Scholastic Children's Dictionary (2013)

Scholastic Children's Dictionary (2013)

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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
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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8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.60(d)
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8 - 12 Years

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