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Macmillan Dictionary for Children Hardcover – July 10, 2007
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After flipping through them all, I narrowed down my example words to two: "sister" and "sex." The definition for the word "sister" was far more clear and simple than the other books. Some of the others included words my daughter would not know the meaning of, potentially leading her on an endless jouney through the book just to properly understand the definition for "sister". After reading the definition in THIS book, I thought to myself 'could the others not have made it this easy and clear??' The "sister" definition here was far and away more concise.
For 2nd grade, I really did not want a Children's dictionary that described ALL the meanings of "sex" (as one example). All the dictionaries first included the 'gender' definition of "sex" but this was the only one in the store that left out the 'act of intercourse' type of definition. Does a 7-yr-old really need that anyway?? Mine certainly wouldn't have understood it. Her 5th grade dictionary can venture into that, but for now I'm going to leave her as innocent as I can.
Lastly, I would like to echo the other reviewers' opinions that this book is beautiful, sturdy, bright and inviting. Any child would love it!
Another reviewer has aptly noted the book's appropriateness for Grades 2 through 4, which sounds about right, for a starting point at least. I wouldn't think it useful (as a reference book) before that age, due to the reading level of the book's explanations. Most kids before that age just won't be able to read it.
I'm sure many kids will like the pictures at earlier ages. Even a good reader may ask for help now and then. But if the parent is doing *all* the reading, the book loses some of its value as a reference source that the child can learn to use independently.
Independent research is one of the skills that many schools are trying to teach to this age range in literacy classes, which is why they assign kids to look up words on their own -- and why this book is so valuable to have at home. With 35,000 entries, it takes on many words that deal with complex ideas -- but it does a pretty good of translating those complexities into terms that kids can comprehend.
When necessary, it does this by using pictures, and to great effect. For example, the word "contrast" is not only explained in text, but is also illustrated by showing a Great Dane next to a Chihuahua, with an explanatory caption. The numerous illustrations in this book are used for many purposes, and they are very well-done.
For clarity, the editors do not include the complex etymologies that an adult volume might offer for every single word.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an update of the one that I had as a girl. It has wonderful pictures, beautiful typeface, and lots of words. Sure there are some missing, but it is great for kids. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. S. Allen
My daughter is in the fourth grade and some of her spelling words are not in the dictionary. This is disappointing because I purchased this dictionary to help her with spelling... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Kids LOVE this dictionary. Had bought one for our home and for the last two years I've been buying one for the teachers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by alwaysorderingsomething
We love the dictionary, i was skeptical since, i saw it in barnes and noble for over 20$ and i was like shock to see this for around 4$ . Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jason N Izza
Allow me to day this is a beautiful book. The definitions inside are very child friendly, and illustrated beautifully. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lizzie