- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 4
- Hardcover: 960 pages
- Publisher: DK CHILDREN; unknown edition (June 16, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756637589
- ISBN-13: 978-0756637583
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 605 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary Hardcover – June 16, 2008
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Grade 2–5—Including a reference guide to letter pronunciation at the bottom of each spread, this work also includes an alphabet locator on the side of each page. Clear guide words and extensive use of cross-references enable users to locate definitions and synonyms. Clearly captioned color photographs and some drawings, including the relevant definition as needed, bring the entries to life. Homographs are identified, and word histories are included throughout, adding to the interest level of the work. Each definition includes examples, and guidance such as variant spellings and usage labels ("often cap") are provided where necessary. A closing reference section includes a spread for each continent, color images of the flags of the world and of U.S. states, significant data on each state, a chronological listing of U.S. presidents and vice presidents, and common abbreviations. The book concludes with a listing of signs and symbols and a comprehensive index to all pictures in the work. The clear, easy-to-read print and bright pictures of varied type and source make this work easy for second or third graders to use, while fourth and fifth graders will appreciate the depth of the entries.—Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Yeshiva Har Torah, Little Neck, NY
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This is a collaborative effort, with design and images from DK and text based on Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary. Some definitions include variant spellings, usage notes and labels, example phrases, and synonym and word-history paragraphs. Parts-of-speech labels are abbreviated. In familiar DK fashion, sidebars illustrate groups of terms, such as examples of dinosaurs and different kinds of cheese. The reference section has a couple of pages on each continent plus information on flags; U.S. states, presidents, and vice presidents; standard abbreviations (most of the comparable dictionaries include these in their A-Z sequence), and pronunciations for place-names. Grades 3-6. --Mary Ellen Quinn
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However, I'm newly concerned about its accuracy. We were looking up Pluto today. There are actually two errors under Pluto. First, it says "[Pluto] is sometimes considered one of the planets." While true, it would have been better to just call it a dwarf planet. The second error is literally huge: " [Pluto] orbits the sun at an average distance of 3.7 million miles (5.9 million kilometers)." In fact, Pluto's average distance is 3.7 BILLION miles (5.9 billion kilometers) from the sun. Mercury is 35 million miles from the sun. In addition, the other [actual] planets are simply listed with their order of distance from the sun (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc).
My ten year old son loves the American Heritage Dictionary. He finds it much easier to navigate, understand and does not get discouraged because the words he needs to find are found in it. Unlike the Merriam Webster Children's Dictionary where time after time, the words were not in the book. Typical words found in 3-5th grade. The American Heritage Dictionary will last his lifetime. Excellent investment.
Many times my son exhaustively searches for a word, its not there. For example: analogy, not contained in this dictionary. Now is this a common word for a fourth/fifth grade student? I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Many terms in elementary math, geography, grammar, science is not contained in this dictionary. At least 40% of the time, the word is not contained in this dictionary. Its difficult to motivate, and this dictionary actually discourages. We went with American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition and Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus. My son has grown and is inspired using a real dictionary.
Explanation is simple and not tedious with the pictures!
One more thing want to mention, this book is really heavy, not very convenient carrying it.
Not much has changed, but the quality and quantity of pictures feel enhanced, more refined.
As I had mentioned, the definitions are straight to the point and easy to understand.
Certainly still one of the best children's dictionaries out there right now. Perfect for any child and even for adults! There's a saying that goes something like this: "Children's books and dictionaries are sometimes the best way to learn since it needs to be simple and easy to understand."