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Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary Hardcover – June 16, 2008

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Grade 2–5—Including a reference guide to letter pronunciation at the bottom of each spread, this work also includes an alphabet locator on the side of each page. Clear guide words and extensive use of cross-references enable users to locate definitions and synonyms. Clearly captioned color photographs and some drawings, including the relevant definition as needed, bring the entries to life. Homographs are identified, and word histories are included throughout, adding to the interest level of the work. Each definition includes examples, and guidance such as variant spellings and usage labels ("often cap") are provided where necessary. A closing reference section includes a spread for each continent, color images of the flags of the world and of U.S. states, significant data on each state, a chronological listing of U.S. presidents and vice presidents, and common abbreviations. The book concludes with a listing of signs and symbols and a comprehensive index to all pictures in the work. The clear, easy-to-read print and bright pictures of varied type and source make this work easy for second or third graders to use, while fourth and fifth graders will appreciate the depth of the entries.—Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Yeshiva Har Torah, Little Neck, NY
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This is a collaborative effort, with design and images from DK and text based on Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary. Some definitions include variant spellings, usage notes and labels, example phrases, and synonym and word-history paragraphs. Parts-of-speech labels are abbreviated. In familiar DK fashion, sidebars illustrate groups of terms, such as examples of dinosaurs and different kinds of cheese. The reference section has a couple of pages on each continent plus information on flags; U.S. states, presidents, and vice presidents;  standard abbreviations (most of the comparable dictionaries include these in their A-Z sequence), and pronunciations for place-names. Grades 3-6. --Mary Ellen Quinn
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN (June 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756637589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756637583
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By the time your children are old enough to be looking up spellings and definitions by themselves, they will find far too many words they search are not included. Any child in 3rd grade or up needs a more comprehensive dictionary. Lots of pretty, big, colorful pictures, but they come at the expense of words. I can't recommend it; my kids outgrew it by age 8.

(Sample of words not included in this dictionary: amplitude, beguile, crass, drivel, endive, frumpy, guttersnipe.)
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I bought this for my 8 and 6 year-old children. We have tried to use it about a dozen times and only found one or two of the words we were looking for. I've realized that, by now, if there is a word they don't know, then it's probably not in this dictionary.
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I bought this dictionary for a child 6 years old because the description said it was for 6-9 years of age. Inside the Children's Dictionary, though, it says it is for children 8 years and older. So, be aware, the Amazon description is NOT accurate. I also bought the Elementary Dictionary for a child 8 years old because it was for ages 8 and older. The Elementary Dictionary had larger print. The Children's Dictionary has really small print and is a much heavier book than the Elementary Dictionary.
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My 7, 9, and 11 year old kids all use this almost everyday. Whenever they have a question that can be answered in the dictionary, I say "go look it up". The letters are easy to find as they color coded them so it makes it easy for my 7 year old, who is just learning how to use a dictionary, to find what he is looking for. We even play Dictionary Treasure Hunt, but he always gets sidetracked because he is so interested in all the pictures, so he ends up reading a lot more words then I originally planned for our game. It's must have, for any home with kids.
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We homeschool, my boys are in 1st and 2nd grade and this dictionary has been wonderful. It's easy to use, it had far more words that other "comparable" children's dictionaries (such as the Scholastic one) and I imagine this dictionary will get them through their elementary years well. We own two.
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Merriam-Webster Children's DictionaryI bought this with some trepidation as a gift for an eight-year-old boy whose primary interests, I had been told, involved sports activities that kept him moving. I thought he would hate it, but that he might somehow find it useful for school. And I hoped that its many illustrations, sidebars, pages with snakes and dinosaurs, and excellent definitions would eventually win him over. Much to my surprise, and the utter shock of his parents, the boy was fascinated by the book from the beginning--absorbed in it, in fact. So don't hesitate. This is an excellent first dictionary.
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I have a 6 year old daughter in 1st grade and she's enjoying this dictionary a lot. Now whenever she asks me what a word means we go in and look for it and have it read her self. The book has a lot of illustrations and a lot extra information. My daughter loves it and keeps it close by as she reads lots of books. My only complain is that the paper is of low quality which seems will tear up easily. I was expecting something like a thicker glossy paper for the price.
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As a child moves from 5 years old to 6, they will start to ask questions about things and words that are out of the scope of our "expertise". We found the solution to this problem with this book, MERRIAM-WEBSTER CHILDREN'S DICTIONARY (Ages 4-8). "Over 35,000 entries and more than 3,000 full-color illustrations", this reference guide will satisfy the inquisitive mind of your junior scientist at home. This dictionary is kid-approved as my son spotted it on the library shelf himself and could not be separated from it until he had his own copy. As he opened the pages and progressed from only looking at the pictures to fully digesting the definitions, we got the quiet time we needed and he got the answers he was looking for, accurately from DK's renowned language experts.
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