Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2013
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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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
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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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2009
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2013
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2013
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2008
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2011
I bought these dictionaries for my classroom a couple of years ago. They are beautiful and work for the 3rd - 5th group. The only thing I didn't like was that there was only one guide word per page. It makes it difficult for kids to learn how to use a classic dictionary.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2010
I am tutoring fourth graders. This dictionary is a gem for them:

1. It has the alphabet from A-Z down the edge of each page, so they can easily see whether to look forward or backward for a word.

2. It has GREAT pictures and drawings which invite them to check out a new word. Often they have been looking for one word and see a picture and want to look at that word. Wonderful for increasing vocabulary.

3. The font is easy to read-not tiny like some dictionaries, yet the 35,000 words cover most of what they need.

I discovered DK publications when I lived in Europe and found them to be the best guidebooks for travel. DK is a class act.
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