- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: DK (September 22, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751310506
- ISBN-13: 978-0751310504
- Package Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.9 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,597,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dorling Kindersley Ultimate Visual Dictionary Hardcover – September 22, 1994
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This is a wild collection of the names of a million different items, each presented with full color high-quality illustrations and diagrams - a wealth of linguistic information jammed into 650 large pages. If your child (or your inner-child) keeps asking "What is THAT called?" you gotta get this volume. This is the kind of reference source that once you pick up it's hard to put it down again. It's definitely habit forming.
Do you know for example what the tapering tip of a seashell is called? (Umbo!) Or how many different ways through which glaciers are formed (in full-color cross sections)? What are the names of the parts of trolleys and public buses? Or parts of Baroque, classical, and modern buildings, towers, and arches?
This visual encyclopedia of the world we live in offers its mind-boggling riches in the following 14 chapters: 1) The Universe, 2) Prehistoric Earth, 3) Plants, 4) Animals, 5) The Human Body, 6) Geology, Geography, and Meteorology, 7) Physics and Chemistry, 8) Rail and Road, 9) Sea and Air, 10) The Visual Arts, 11) Architecture, 12) Music, 13) Sports, and 14) Everyday Things.
Belongs to every household. Don't stay home without it. Highly recommended.
Another example is in the visual arts section, with a beautiful painting by Degas - but we get a view of a naked woman's behind, her breast...and again with the nipple. They couldn't find another worthy painting to use as an example for pastels?
I'm not for hiding the real world from kids, but this just seems needless exposure to me.