Kingfisher First Thesaurus
Kingfisher First Thesaurus
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Annotation: Illustrated thesaurus contains over 100 key words accompanied by their synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms. Also includes example sentences to explain shades of meaning and games to play with words.
Catalog Number: #171470
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Kingfisher
Copyright Date: 2004
Edition Date: c2004
Illustrator: Chatterton, Martin,
Pages: 144 p.
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7534-6586-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-93644-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7534-6586-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-93644-7
Dewey: 423
LCCN: 92045572
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
New and updated reference guides for beginning readers aim to improve vocabulary and all-around knowledge. According to PW, Kingfisher First Dictionary by John Grisewood and Angela Crawley sports """"a highly accessible design,"""" with its copious illustrations, photos and examples. Kingfisher First Thesaurus by George Beal, illus. by Martin Chatterton, also updated, employs line illustrations over the requisite synonyms, antonyms and homonyms. Games and more in-depth looks at selected topics broaden its appeal.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Both of these resources are geared to beginning readers, but the similarity ends there. Thesaurus offers 100 entries in black type against blue boxes-a concern for new readers. Each entry shows part of speech, definition, and 2 to 6 synonyms with examples of use in a sentence, an approach that fails to convey shades of meaning. Many also include "opposite words." Unfortunately, many of the definitions and examples are far too difficult for the intended audience (e.g., Big: "Something is called big because it is sizable or important"), and the introduction, written for children, contains extremely sophisticated vocabulary and syntax. Dictionary includes 1500 words or phrases that children hear every day, including both simple terms such as "dry" as well as more complicated ones like "mystery." All definitions are presented in complete sentences, with defined words in bold type, and common dictionary terms are replaced with simpler language; for example, cross-references tell users to "look at" another word. The layout, featuring copious color illustrations and photos, an excellent use of white space, and a contextual "letter string" down the side of each page, is especially appropriate for this age group. Pronunciation guides appear for words with difficult spellings, but this feature is inconsistent. On the whole, Dictionary, with its limited scope and useful features, is a far better match for the skills and needs of this audience than Thesaurus.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: 1-4

The perfect companion to the First Dictionary, the revised and updated Kingfisher First Thesaurus by George Beal and Martin Chatterton is an easy-to-use word finder containing more than 100 key words and more than 1,000 secondary words, as well as synonyms and antonyms. Simple example sentences and amusing cartoons clarify and visually reinforce word meanings while making the process of discovery fun.

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