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The American Heritage Student Dictionary Hardcover – August 24, 1998
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From School Library Journal
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
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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
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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.
I was thrilled to find this middle school addition of the American Heritage. Although the instructions call for 6th grade and above, I felt confident that my 4th grader could benefit from this level vs. the more elementary version... As to the content; I am impressed! First, most every page contains color pictures. When my 4th grader looks up words, she most always seems to find a picture (and hence a definition) which captures her interest, and therefore, reads that entry as well!
Second, numerous entries contain the word origin - this is why Dr. Whitman insisted that we use the American Heritage, it's replication of the Oxford English Dictionary which explains where the word came from. I always review this info w/ my 4th Grader - a I believe that its essential info in order to be able to conquer the English language - determination of the root words - which allows your vocabulary to grow (or at least allows you to fake it, as you can get the `idea' of what someone is saying when they start using words you don't really understand).
Third, there wonderful grammar rules in the front of the book; no doubt that I need these - I only hope my 4th Graders Grammar will grow far beyond my limited abilities. Lastly, as noted through the reviews, the various things you normally find in the appendix, such as the Table of Elements, are found right there in the middle of the Dictionary. I have no doubt that I'm more excited a/b this Dictionary than my 4th Grader, that said, I know that it will serve her well for a long time. In addition, as I've told her, I know that she'll enjoy looking back on all the words that she's looked up - just as I still smile when I reach for my old blue dictionary and think how long its been...