My Big Dictionary
My Big Dictionary
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Annotation: A large format dictionary for the preschool and kindergarten student with color illustrations.
Catalog Number: #205191
Format: Perma-Bound Big Book
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Special Formats: Big Book Big Book
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 1994
Edition Date: c1994
Illustrator: Cote, Pamela,
Pages: 40 p.
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ISBN: 0-395-66377-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-395-66377-6
Dewey: 423
LCCN: 93033756
Dimensions: 48 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
My Big Dictionary is a giant (16 by 19 inches) wordbook most suited for use with groups. The publisher intends it as an introduction to letters, words, and alphabetical order for preschoolers. Lined pages generally contain six words, each accompanied by a simple colorful drawing. Some pages feature a lively scene full of objects beginning with a given letter; the pictures are unlabeled. The inside front cover suggests activities in which adults can engage children; the back cover indexes the contents, including those terms only pictured.
Kirkus Reviews
With its unique, oversized format (15 7/8 x 19 3/8), My Big Dictionary is touted as the first large-format dictionary available for the preschool and kindergarten set. While the concept sounds appealing and the aims are high (a list of ten activities for parents and teachers to do with children appears on the inside front cover), one wonders whether there is more hype than substance here. For one thing, the oversized format is actually unwieldy and hard to handle; young children will need help with it—which may be frustrating to a child who wants to ``do it myself!'' Also, the entries are rather arbitrary. The letter A has six words, while the letter B has 18. Under B there are listings for ``ballerina,'' which shows a girl dancing, and ``ballet dancer,'' which shows a boy. Need two entries so close in meaning have been included? To deal with the gender issue, it might have been better to have had the words ``ballet dancers'' and shown both boys and girls in ballet positions. There are also large drawings filled with a variety of things beginning with the letter they are meant to illustrate. Thus, the page for the letter C shows an elaborate, detailed drawing of a circus, depicting a cheetah, cows, camels, cars, clowns, Christmas trees, carriages and crows (to name just a few). While these drawings are delightful and inventive in and of themselves, one wonders about their value here. A very young child is apt to be confused by the intense, busy images and lose sight of the lesson, which is that all the words begin with a certain letter. Older children, for whom this seems more appropriate, may already have moved on to a different format, such as the American Heritage Picture Dictionary, a newly revised edition of a 1986 volume that has 900 entries and 650 illustrations. All in all, My Big Dictionary is a useful volume—but only with adult supervision. (Reference. 2-5)"
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ALA Booklist (9/1/94)
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2

MY BIG DICTIONARY, the only big book dictionary for preschool children, offers a great big glimpse at the giant world of words. Through lively, captivating artwork, this enticing volume matches more than 170 familiar terms with easy-to-identify illustrations, encouraging children to attach meaning to words. A special guide for parents and teachers offers hints on using the book with individual readers and in the classroom. Appropriate for children under five.

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