The American Heritage First Dictionary
The American Heritage First Dictionary
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Annotation: A first dictionary for children who are learning to read, which lists nearly 1700 main entry words, using only other main entry words in the definitions, and over 600 illustrations.
Catalog Number: #10816
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition Date: 2007
Pages: 405 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-618-67766-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-618-67766-5
Dewey: 423
LCCN: 2005031529
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 This clear, easy-to-use reference opens with a five-page introduction to dictionary use and contains more than 2000 common words and 850 color photographs and drawings. Entries feature full-sentence definitions and sample usage. Occasional sidebars offer opposites, rhyming, or related words. The guide words at the top, main entries, and picture captions are all highlighted in purple. The entire alphabet appears at the bottom of each spread, reinforcing the exact location of the leading letter. New letters are introduced on a fresh page in large, blue upper and lowercase print surrounded by multiple pictures of objects beginning with that letter. The large fonts, generous spacing, and bright illustrations make this book a good choice for new readers. Sections on phonics and spelling, parts of speech, homophones, compound words, and lists of common word groups, such as parts of the body and pairs of opposites, are appended. Users, especially second-language learners, will appreciate the dictionarys clarity and simplicity, but Merriam-Websters Primary Dictionary (2005) offers a richer choice for browsers and includes jokes and riddles, snippets from classic childrens literature, and word histories. Teachers might prefer the former for practicing independent dictionary skills, while the latter is a more appealing choice for home libraries. Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
School Library Journal (10/1/06)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

Every entry word in this brand-new edition has a full-sentence, age-appropriate definition and one or more example sentences to clarify meaning. The text is enhanced by lively and informative full-color artwork selected for its appeal to children in the early primary grades. Nearly 300 appealing feature notes, many of them illustrated, are new to this edition. * More than 2,000 entries, including 250 new words and dozens of new senses * 700 engaging full-color photographs and drawings * 300 feature notes that expand vocabulary and illustrate opposites, rhyming, and word usage * Updated Phonics and Spelling Guide for developing solid reading skills

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