×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

The American Heritage Children's Thesaurus
     

The American Heritage Children's Thesaurus

by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries, Editors of The American Heritage Dictionaries (Editor)
 

See All Formats & Editions

With more than 36,000 synonyms, this easy-to-use thesaurus for students in grades 3 through 7 encourages young writers to think analytically and to find the precise word for their purpose. The entries are enhanced by clear and lively example sentences and more than 150 full-color photographs.

Overview

With more than 36,000 synonyms, this easy-to-use thesaurus for students in grades 3 through 7 encourages young writers to think analytically and to find the precise word for their purpose. The entries are enhanced by clear and lively example sentences and more than 150 full-color photographs.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-7In this thesaurus, the entries appear in dark purple type and are followed by the part of speech in smaller italic black type. A solid diamond then indicates in bold type the best choices of synonyms. Next, an open diamond gives other synonyms that don't fit the example sentence as well as the first group or are related words. Lastly, a sentence is given as a usage example. If a word can be more than one part of speech, each part is treated separately. For words that do not have actual synonyms, a boxed entry gives a group of closely related words. Boxed entries are also used for antonyms of 110 selected words. These boxes, along with approximately two-inch by three-inch full-color photographs, break up the text and give the book a user-friendly look. Homographs are listed as separate entries. There are no cross references or pronunciation guides. A four-page explanation of how to use the thesaurus is given at the beginning and an index of the antonyms and word groups appears at the end. The pages are attractive with an orange stripe across the top, green guide words, and a mix of type size and style. With 4000 entries and over 36,000 synonyms in an easy-to-read format, this resource should serve well the needs of its intended audience.Priscilla Bennett, Research, Media and Technology, State University of West Georgia
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
What is the best synonym for "playful?" Aspiring writers in grades three to seven can choose among "energetic, frisky, frolicsome," and "lively" (marked as the best by a solid diamond), while also considering "amusing and joking" (indicated by an open diamond) as other possibilities for the sentence: "My kitten is always in a playful mood." An introduction explains a thesaurus as a book of synonyms, or words of similar meaning, over 36,000 of which are contained in this useful reference book. Suggestions are offered in the context of making writing more vivid, varied, and expressive; for example, a letter that uses the word "cold" four times would be much more exciting if the writer substituted words like "chilly, cool, icy," or "frigid." The authors stress that the choice of synonym depends on the specific purpose or effect a writer has in mind. Other pages explain that, in using the thesaurus, readers will find some words having more than one meaning or used as different parts of speech, each carefully noted and with sentences to show usage; some verbs may take a preposition to make them fit, as in "frown on" or "object to." Helpful, as well, are colorful boxes listing antonyms and "word groups" (general terms or words with no true synonyms, but where the editors offer related words that young writers can investigate). Color photos appear on nearly every page (their words indicated by a red arrow), mostly of kids being active—like a young dancer stretching—or of an appealing object like a roller coaster illustrating "thrill." A final page offers activities for getting to know the thesaurus better—challenging, but fun, is a list of titles of popular children's books for imaginative writers to change by substituting synonyms for the main words; for example, Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods could generate a number of possibilities. Hellweg and the publishers have produced a well-organized and age-appropriate reference book that should help creative young writers expand their vocabularies and perhaps even become addicted to words. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618701667
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/03/2006
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Related Subjects

Meet the Author

Paul Hellweg has written eleven nonfiction books and is a poet and film producer. He has also taught at California State University, Northbridge.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews