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Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary
by DK Publishing
This 912-page illustrated dictionary is packed with information, including world maps on the inside covers, an easy-to-use how-to guide, and a reference section with facts and maps of the continents, pictures of flags from countries around the world, U.S. presidents and vice presidents, pronunciation guides, signs and symbols, and lots more. Sandwiched between this wealth of facts and figures are 846 pages of definitions with crisp, clear photographs illustrating many of the words. This new edition contains more than 35,000 entries, with updated definitions, images, and details.


The Oxford Picture Dictionary: English-Spanish Edition
by Norma Shapiro, Jayme Adelson-Goldstein
Here is a comprehensive, flexible, and up-to-date vocabulary reference and teaching tool for English language learning. The Oxford Picture Dictionary and its components create a highly teachable program that can be used as a complete, four-skills beginning course, or as a language development supplement and practical reference. Thousands of words are illustrated in full color, and this dictionary contains 140 key topics that will meet the needs of adults and young adults. There are a variety of exercises and an index with a pronunciation guide.


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Scholastic Children's Dictionary
by Scholastic
The updated Scholastic Children's Dictionary features nearly 200 new entries that will keep this evergreen title current. The new words have been carefully chosen. They are words that kids are likely to encounter, and the book's creators are confident that they are words that will remain in use for years to come. Such new entries include air bag, browser, cell phone, DVD, Internet, server, SUV, and Web site.

Webster's New World Children's Dictionary
by Michael E. Agnes
Designed as a transition dictionary for readers in late-elementary school, Webster's New World Children's Dictionary bridges the gap between simple, picture-based dictionaries and the dull-but-necessary ones we all reach for when faced with unknown words. The medium-sized text, example sentences that accompany most definitions, and the miniature pronunciation guide on every page all work nicely together to ensure that kids will understand correct usage without getting overwhelmed with detail. Also included are maps, history and geography pages, and an introductory thesaurus. Especially helpful for younger users is the 10-page guide to dictionary usage, which covers synonyms, homonyms, and the ever-important ways to look up a word when you don't know how to spell it in the first place.


The American Heritage Student Dictionary
by Editors of The American Heritage Dictionaries
This new edition of an old standby is brightened up considerably with more than 2,000 full-color photographs and illustrations, and 3,000 new definitions. Marginal notes appear throughout the book, providing information about regional uses, common grammatical errors, word roots, and pronunciation. The true strength of this dictionary comes from the inclusion of terms, idioms, geographical locations, and basic biographical entries in one alphabetical arrangement. With all the basics one expects from a good dictionary, plus a few extras such as detailed etymology for some entries and notes on usage, this is an ideal basic reference. (School Library Journal)




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