DK Children's Illustrated Dictionary
DK Children's Illustrated Dictionary

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Annotation: A colorful dictionary with more than 12,000 word entries explained through clear definitions, examples of usage, and informative pictures.
Catalog Number: #80149
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Pages: 256 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7566-5196-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-26688-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7566-5196-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-26688-9
Dewey: 423
LCCN: 94009561
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The author of the DK dictionary is a teacher turned education writer. The 5,000 entries combine "a core of common vocabulary with words that have a high interest level for children of this age group." A double-page spread introduces parts of speech ("Prepositions . . . show how one person or thing relates to another"). The next spread explains dictionary usage, followed by dictionary games. Each page has four columns of definitions, typically five words to a column. The headword appears in large, bold print, followed by plurals or tenses, the part of speech, and the definition(s). Definitions are brief but effective (e.g., "gulp to swallow something quickly or in large amounts"). Some entries have example sentences. Pronunciations are given occasionally with simple respelling (e.g., "say zoe-dee-ak"). Appendix materials include abbreviations, a spelling guide, prefixes and suffixes, a miscellany of facts and figures, and a list of countries with capital, the name for residents, and currency. Twenty-six full-page spreads scattered throughout the book picture a variety of members of a category (e.g., musical instruments, fruits). This book has the colorful, clean Dorling Kindersley look. The majority of entries are illustrated, usually by photographs, always in color. The choice of words goes well beyond those likely to be of interest to five-year olds (e.g., parallelindividualambition , but the look of this dictionary may put off users old enough to be interested in many of the words. This is an attractive but low-priority item for libraries. It is probably most useful for browsing in a classroom or home. A good purchase for curriculum materials centers in school districts and academic libraries.
Kirkus Reviews
This is a visually exciting but basically unhelpful reference book for children. Aimed at an audience from early readers to preteens, the dictionary suffers from schizophrenia. Why, for example, does McIlwain give a pronunciation guide for some words—like ``yawn''—and not the nearby, and more difficult, ``yacht''? He provides pictorial definitions of ``shoe'' and ``hat,'' ``deciduous'' and ``obstinate,'' but leaves out many illustrations in between. The pictures themselves are limiting; they are often unenlightening, and they prevent the author from attempting more difficult concepts. And some of them seem completely arbitrary: ``Sense'' is illustrated with a girl talking on a telephone. Finally, the dictionary is inconsistent. Although it claims to give all the definitions for the words it provides, it doesn't always follow through. ``Hatch'' is only explained as a verb; ``herd'' only given as a noun. Basically a mess. (Reference. 7-11)"
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 4-7

A classic-fully revised and updated! The Children's Illustrated Dictionary brings words and images together, making it fun and easy for young readers to improve their vocabulary and reading skills.

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