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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By the time your children are old enough to be looking up spellings and definitions by themselves, they will find far too many words they search are not included. Any child in 3rd grade or up needs a more comprehensive dictionary. Lots of pretty, big, colorful pictures, but they come at the expense of words. I can't recommend it; my kids outgrew it by age 8.

(Sample of words not included in this dictionary: amplitude, beguile, crass, drivel, endive, frumpy, guttersnipe.)
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I bought this for my 8 and 6 year-old children. We have tried to use it about a dozen times and only found one or two of the words we were looking for. I've realized that, by now, if there is a word they don't know, then it's probably not in this dictionary.
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I bought this dictionary for a child 6 years old because the description said it was for 6-9 years of age. Inside the Children's Dictionary, though, it says it is for children 8 years and older. So, be aware, the Amazon description is NOT accurate. I also bought the Elementary Dictionary for a child 8 years old because it was for ages 8 and older. The Elementary Dictionary had larger print. The Children's Dictionary has really small print and is a much heavier book than the Elementary Dictionary.
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We homeschool, my boys are in 1st and 2nd grade and this dictionary has been wonderful. It's easy to use, it had far more words that other "comparable" children's dictionaries (such as the Scholastic one) and I imagine this dictionary will get them through their elementary years well. We own two.
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My 7, 9, and 11 year old kids all use this almost everyday. Whenever they have a question that can be answered in the dictionary, I say "go look it up". The letters are easy to find as they color coded them so it makes it easy for my 7 year old, who is just learning how to use a dictionary, to find what he is looking for. We even play Dictionary Treasure Hunt, but he always gets sidetracked because he is so interested in all the pictures, so he ends up reading a lot more words then I originally planned for our game. It's must have, for any home with kids.
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While most kids are getting very comfortable with looking up words online, being able to use a print dictionary teachers alphabetizing and provides a handy reference. I got this book for my 9 year old daughter and she's spent hours looking at the pictures as well as looking up words in her books. Great investment in old-school methods!
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This dictionary is pretty comprehensive, and we love all the excellent pictures.
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).
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I ordered this dictionary for my grandsons birthday. He will be turning 8 years old in 2 weeks. He is a voracious reader. He is in 2nd grade and is reading at the 5th grade level ! I know he will love it and it will be a treasure. I liked it so much I kept the first copy for myself! I ordered another one for my grandson tonight! Dictionary includes 35,000 words and phrases, maps, hundreds of photos, synonyms, word histories. A wonderful reference section includes countries, flags of the world, USA Presidents & Vice-Presidents, abbreviations, pronunciation guides, and signs & symbols. A wonderful book! Excellent price (thank you Amazon!), good quality format & beautiful clear photos! Current edition is 2008 I highly recommend this dictionary!
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