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Webster's Student Dictionary

Webster's Student Dictionary

by Reader's Digest Editors

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Gr 4-7 -This resource opens with a 15,000-word dictionary followed by a 4000-entry thesaurus that includes many common phrases, then a color section of world maps and flags, a historical atlas (with time lines covering major world events from prehistory through 2005), and almanac-style profiles of each U.S. state and Canadian province or territory. The U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, lists of U.S. presidents and Canadian prime ministers, and tables of weights and measures are appended. The dictionary is light on current slang, rough language, and trendy coinages. Its definitions are clear, concise, and generally followed by an example of usage. In the thesaurus, phrases and idioms are printed in shaded boxes to distinguish them from single words. Except for the U.S. and Canadian portion, the sections are not clearly divided-nor are there thumb tabs or color keys to aid access, but thata��s a minor quibble. More problematic is the effort to express pronunciations through plain-language transcriptions; all too often the results are artificial (a��jolt/joalta��), inconsistent (a��joiner/joy -nera�� but a��join/join a��) or strange (a��protection/ pru-tec -shuna��). The array of comparable (and similarly titled) reference tools is downright bewildering. For collections with truly minuscule budgets, the Webstera��s Dictionary and Thesaurus for Students with Full-Color World Atlas (Federal Street, 2006) makes an even more economical alternative to this-though it is still no substitute for a separate but more current and comprehensive dictionary, thesaurus, and almanac.-John Peters, New York Public Library

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