The Firefly Five Language Visual Dictionary: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian Multilingual Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 30 ratings
ISBN-13: 978-1552977781
ISBN-10: 1552977781
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From Booklist

This visual dictionary employs more than 6,000 full-color pictures to illustrate a vast array of objects and their corresponding names in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. More than 35,000 terms are grouped into 17 broad subjects ("Animal Kingdom," "Communications and Office Automation" "Society," etc.) and range from technical terminology such as dew point, moraine, and tyrannosaur to everyday words such as doorknob and waffle iron. The authors, Corbeil, sociolinguist and specialist in comparative terminology, and Archambault, specialist in applied linguistics, address both the academic (such as heraldic symbols) and the practical (such as street signs). Terms not only include types of objects, such as the more than 20 distinct places to sit (bar stool, bench, love seat, ottoman, sofa, etc.) but also provide names for specific components of such objects (apron, seat, stile, etc.). The illustrations are crisp and extremely detailed and are printed on glossy white stock. Researchers can access terms by browsing through color-tabbed pages that indicate the different topical subsections or by consulting one of the five language-specific indexes.

The only other reference comparable to this is DK's 2002 publication, the Five-Language Visual Dictionary. Although the DK offering features full-color photographs, it is considerably less comprehensive, presenting 1,600 illustrations defining 10,000 terms in about 400 pages. In comparison, Firefly runs 1,092 pages. One drawback to the current work is its small dimensions. Pages measure about seven by eight inches, necessitating the use of a relatively small font for the definitions. This is a minor concern, however. Where else are researchers going to find a complete listing of all the elements of the periodical table in five different languages compiled in one place? Irresistible for browsers, serviceable as either a basic visual dictionary or thesaurus, and of immense value to second-language learners, this is recommended for high-school, public, and academic collections. Kathleen McBroom
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[The Top 20: Books] Vivid illustrations draw you into this clever compendium of 35,000 terms translated from English into Spanish, French, Italian, and German. (Amanda Armstrong Real Simple 2008-01-01)

[Starred Review:] Wow! This book is simply amazing -- visually stunning, rich with information, and overflowing with detail... Not only is this book useful in learning the details and nuances of a foreign language but it is quite a handy way to learn these terms in one's own language... this brilliant work is essential for students of any of these languages, lovers of language, and any library supporting a language program or multilingual patrons. (Manya Chylinski Library Journal 2005-02-15)

Where else are researchers going to find a complete listing of all the elements of the periodical table in five different languages compiled in one place? Irresistible for browsers, serviceable as either a basic visual dictionary or thesaurus, and of immense value to second-language learners. (Kathleen McBroom Booklist 2005-05-15)

Selected by Library Journal as one of the Best Reference Sources for 2004: "Such is the breadth of coverage that there are precise terms for 15 examples of shoes -- not to mention cell phones and even MP3 players." (Brian E. Coutts Library Journal 2005-04-15)

A valuable tool to expand young minds. (Nashville Parent)

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 1100 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1552977781
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1552977781
  • Publisher : Firefly Books; Multilingual Edition (August 7, 2004)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 2.5 x 8.75 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 30 ratings