Item description for Macmillan Dictionary for Children by Simon & Schuster...
Outline ReviewLearning to use a dictionary is an important skill for young scholars, and MacMillan offers a great edition for 8 to 14 year olds. The Dictionary for Children is sensible, well designed, and illustrated with plenty of pictures. Each letter gets a mini-exploration of its role in sounds and spelling; for example, "B has only one sound in English, as in bad and both, but it is sometimes doubled as in rabbit. The letter B is also silent in some words such as climb, comb, or plumber." Definitions are clear but not oversimplified, and homonyms are identified so that spellers won't be confused: words that sound like flue "are flew and flu." The type is large enough to be readable, and the tone is serious but not pretentious. The MacMillan Dictionary for Children has long been a favorite with kids, and this version, revised for the 21st century, is even better than previous editions.
THE COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATED EDITION OF THE #1 Children's Dictionary
More information More color photos More features that will attract and inform Up-to-date entries and definitions in a visually appealing, easy-to-use design Special features, such as "Language Note" boxes that give advice on word usage, "Word History" sections that explain the derivations of selected words, "Expanded Entry" areas that supply more information on selected words and topics The newest scientific, computer, and cultural terms for the modern child
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Studio: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.1" Width: 7.9" Height: 1.4" Weight: 3.9 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2001
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0689843232 ISBN13 9780689843235
Availability 0 units.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Macmillan Dictionary for Children?
Excellent dictionary, and a lot more May 3, 2008
We needed a dictionary for our child to use in grade school, something easier to read than the college-level books we had on hand, but more sophisticated than the typical baby-book, beginner dictionaries out there. This book met our expectations, and exceeded them. (Note, I'm reviewing the 2007 edition. Some of the reviews here go back years!)
Another reviewer has aptly noted the book's appropriateness for Grades 2 through 4, which sounds about right, for a starting point at least. I wouldn't think it useful (as a reference book) before that age, due to the reading level of the book's explanations. Most kids before that age just won't be able to read it.
I'm sure many kids will like the pictures at earlier ages. Even a good reader may ask for help now and then. But if the parent is doing *all* the reading, the book loses some of its value as a reference source that the child can learn to use independently.
Independent research is one of the skills that many schools are trying to teach to this age range in literacy classes, which is why they assign kids to look up words on their own -- and why this book is so valuable to have at home. With 35,000 entries, it takes on many words that deal with complex ideas -- but it does a pretty good of translating those complexities into terms that kids can comprehend.
When necessary, it does this by using pictures, and to great effect. For example, the word "contrast" is not only explained in text, but is also illustrated by showing a Great Dane next to a Chihuahua, with an explanatory caption. The numerous illustrations in this book are used for many purposes, and they are very well-done.
For clarity, the editors do not include the complex etymologies that an adult volume might offer for every single word. However, in some cases when a word has a particularly interesting or instructive derivation, there might be a small text box on the page to discuss the word's history.
Thus the book does what a dictionary should do: go beyond mere definitions and offer an insight into the ways words and language evolve. However, in such cases where there is an explanatory box like that, it is separated from the word's main dictionary entry. Thus, the reader is not forced to read the history just to get the definition. One is free to go as deeply as one wants, which I think is a brilliant design.
An inquisitive child will probably find this book to be a treasure trove, worth poring over for its own sake -- not just as a tool for homework. Other kids, who may not be interested in all the illustrations and expanded explanations, will still find it to be, at its core, a really good dictionary. So I think it easy to recommend for any parents, or any kids, in grade school.
I feel certain that older kids would still find this book to be interesting and helpful, well beyond grade 4. At some point, school demands may require more sophisticated definitions, and other things that this volume does not include. At that point the child may require another type of book, but I'd think they'd still be referring to this one on occasion, into middle school at least.
It's worth buying at its list price, and it's an absolutely great deal at the discounted price I got mine at. Highly recommended!
Great book even for 5 yaers old student Feb 28, 2008
This is a table book for my daughter. She loves to find an answer to any question. It is very clear to understean the description, photos and pictures are colorful and help to understand the word. I would recommend it to any one.
opinion on dictionary for children Feb 9, 2008
This dictonary is very useful for the teachers-in-service training in the graduage school of education, and trainees to be teachers of English. If CD is included it will be much more useful for teachers of Englsih as a foreign language. The illustrations and reference are also of great use. I usually give a copy to each student I teach as a gift.
Macmillan Dictionary for Children Review Dec 3, 2007
Easy to find the distinct 26 letters for the purpose of looking up a word.
Great Dictionary! Oct 13, 2007
I have several dictionaries in my classroom but this is the by far the best illustrated dictionary I own. I teach middle school ESOL students and other children's dictionaries don't cover enough words to help them with the work they need to do. This dictionary is more likely to contain words and illustrations they need to know. Highly recommended!