- Hardcover: 1120 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; 3rd edition (August 24, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395902118
- ISBN-13: 978-0395902110
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.3 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The American Heritage Student Dictionary Hardcover – August 24, 1998
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Grade 6-9--This new edition of an old standby is brightened up considerably with more than 2000 full-color photographs and illustrations, and 3000 new definitions. Marginal notes appear throughout the book, providing information about regional uses, common grammatical errors, word roots, and pronunciation; these added features, while entertaining, are too random to act as real resources. The true strength of this dictionary comes from the inclusion of terms, idioms, geographical locations, and basic biographical entries in one alphabetical arrangement. With all the basics one expects from a good dictionary, plus a few extras such as detailed etymology for some entries and notes on usage, this is an ideal basic reference for home or library use.--Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
The most noticeable change in this dictionary since the 1998 edition is that all the black-and-white illustrations have been replaced with full color. More than 3,000 new words and senses have been added, among them dark matter, deep-dish pizza, and instant messaging. Entries for people and places have been updated and expanded. For grades six to nine. RBB
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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When I opened this one up, I was pleased to see a good number of color photographs. On one two page spread, for example, there are pictures of Thelonius Monk, a Monolith (on Easter Island), the Sydney Monorail, James Monroe, a montage (of photographs showing things in London), and Maria Montessori. The photos are clear and well chosen; I learned what a mummer and a samovar are by just flipping through and finding interesting photos of them. Even more importantly, it actually had definitions for the words my daughter was looking for, in type that wasn't too small for her to read!
This dictionary uses the pronunciation you're familiar with from collegiate dictionaries, with a small key for the symbols printed on the bottom left hand margin of every two page spread. It's a nice "training wheel" in the transition to this formal way of writing pronunciations. There are also shaded boxes in some of the outside margins that give information about word building, usage, geography, and science. A few short biographies are also included in colored boxes in the margins. I found these to be interesting and informative for kids and adults alike (do you know what the words enthuse, donate, and diagnose have in common?) A two page spread with the periodic table is found after the entry for "element," rather than at the back or front of the book in a reference section; similar space is dedicated to other words like "taxonomy" and "solar system." Simple etymology for many words is included at the end of the entries. For example, for acupuncture it says "First written down in 1684 in English : Latin acus, needle + English puncture."
The scope of this dictionary makes it useful as a family reference book throughout elementary and middle school. It has all of the words your kids will encounter in their reading, plus a few words that might be new to most adults.
I definitely recommend this for any homeschool with elementary-middle school level students. The same for just to have in your home for students period.