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Scholastic Children's Dictionary: (2010 Edition) Hardcover – July 1, 2010
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Gr 3-6–The most noticeable changes in the new edition of this perennial favorite are stylistic; the design is more restrained and less cutesy than that of the 2007 edition, with smaller print. The volume appears to be targeted at children who are more visually savvy than previous generations. Frames on each page; tabs running along the edges of the pages showing which letter is being featured; and eye-popping, full-color photos mimic the cleanest of webpage designs. There are content updates, too: the endpapers now feature full-color world maps, and 1000 new photos and illustrations supplement the definitions. Boxes feature more word histories and sample sentences than in previous editions, and a directory of U.S. presidents, complete with pictures and facts, joins the thesaurus, grammar, punctuation, idiom, acronym, and flag information in the supplementary material.Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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This updated dictionary contains more than 30,000 entries and more than 1,000 detailed photographs and drawings, an average amount compared with other titles aimed at this audience. The prefatory material includes an overview and a pronunciation guide. Each word entry includes pronunciation (using simple respelling rather than the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet), parts of speech, syllable breaks, and one or more numbered definitions. Some entries have sample sentences written in simple language for the intended audience. A few, such as the one for ain’t, have the usage note “slang.” Cross-references to related entries or to pictures are included where appropriate. The pronunciation table is not repeated on every spread in the dictionary, but this is not necessary since no symbols are used. There are no geographic or biographical entries. Many variations of definitions of entry words are provided (e.g., run has 19 definitions). Current words, such as MP3, social networking, and Twitter, are defined. Throughout the dictionary, word-history, prefix, suffix, synonym, and language-note boxes appear with tinted screens. Sidebars contain extra information and illustrations for terms such as sharks and space shuttle. The reference section provides a thesaurus; guides to grammar, punctuation, idioms, and abbreviations; maps; flags; facts about the 50 states and Canada; a list of U.S. presidents; and more. This section lacks some reference charts, such as weights and measures and time zones, that are usually found in dictionaries for comparable ages. The physical format of the pages is appealing to the elementary user, and the type size is readable. The Scholastic Children’s Dictionary is a good choice for elementary-school and public libraries. Grades 3-7. --Mary Ellen Quinn
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I very much like the phonics-based pronunciations vs the more specific symbolic pronunciations of dictionaries for older children and adults, especially at this age level... I believe the kids relate to the phonetical pronunciations much better since they've spent a lot of time with phonics in the early grades.
The book is big and heavy, but should last and last, though I guess I wouldn't mind seeing it in tatters from mucho use!
It's a large dictionary but manageable. It's well bound with a hard textbook cover. The definitions are age-appropriate. It's educational but not dumbed-down.
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Its a little heavy for a childrens book, but wqs surpised at the detail and amount of words inside.
Overall, very happy with this.