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Scholastic children's thesaurus
Bollard, John K.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [1998]

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256 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Presents a list of alphabetically arranged words with several synonyms and an illustrative sentence for each.
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Includes index.
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PE1591 .B585 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PE1591 .B585 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PE1591 .B585 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This groundbreaking thesaurus defines each headword and synonym and then provides sample sentences for each. Over 500 headwords, 2,500 synonyms, and an extensive cross-referencing index are presented in a contemporary, user-friendly design.

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Booklist Review

Each of these three new sources from Scholastic approaches language in a different way. Scholastic Children's Thesaurus has more than 500 entries, containing 2,700 words, to help children write more precisely. Each entry has a headword and its part of speech, printed in green caps, followed by a definition. Two to six synonyms (in purple) and their definitions follow. An adjoining column gives one or more example sentences. Sentences are designed to illustrate typical use and construction. For example, the order of synonyms for the headword leave is depart, exit, withdraw, desert, and abandon. Occasional colored boxes give additional information. Illustrations, generally one per double-page spread, are drawings that illustrate sample sentences. Although descriptive and often humorous, they seem to function primarily to enhance page appearance. The index lists all words, and the headword under which each is found; antonyms are also referenced. Prefatory material consists of a two-page introduction for adults, and a five-page guide for children. This is an attractive source, with words appropriate for elementary-school-age children. The strongest feature is the format, paralleling defined terms with example sentences. HBJ Student Thesaurus [RBB N 1 91] has more words, but defines only the generic concepts, with example sentences to illustrate shades of meaning. American Heritage Children's Thesaurus [RBB D 1 97] also has more terms, but with little more than a listing of synonyms. Scholastic First Dictionary is a true dictionary, with guide words, pronunciations, multiple meanings, and forms of the main entry given as well as definitions and example sentences. There are two columns per page; type is very large. Guide words are printed in blue, entry words in green; the headword and its variants are bolded. Most pages have two or three colored pictures, almost all photographs. Pictures are more consistently informative than in other dictionaries for younger users, but the choice of what to illustrate seems arbitrary. The intended audience is children ages six to nine, but definitions could be read to and understood by younger children. A two-page introduction explains dictionary use. The pronunciation system seems unnecessarily complex, and inconsistent with dictionary conventions. For example, ab-suhnt is the pronunciation for absent, her-uh-wuhn for heroine. The pronunciation of safe is sayf, but that for hide is hide. Accents are called stressed syllables. Concluding the work are very brief segments (one page or less) on word creation, plurals, homophones, parts-of-speech, and measurements. There is an index to picture labels. Word choice seems appropriate, with mostly concrete nouns and some verbs. Parts of speech are not labeled, although a back page ("How Words Work in Sentences") introduces the topic. Definitions and example sentences are clear. Other, similarly titled volumes, American Heritage First Dictionary [RBB S 1 94] and Kingfisher First Dictionary [RBB N 1 95], are more elementary. In Scholastic Treasury of Quotations for Children, 1,200 quotations are arranged within approximately 75 broad topics (e.g., Wealth and Poverty, Food, Humor, Prejudice), and within topic by author/creator. A lengthy biographical index gives a thumbnail sketch of each author, and refers to the topic(s) where the author's works are quoted. Authors cited range from Hatshepsut to the Delany Sisters, Judy Blume to Charlotte Bronte, traditional proverbs to the Reagans, the Bible to Alcoholics Anonymous. A four-page introduction gives the child-reader reasons to read and use quotations, as well as an explanation of how to use the source. Boxed sections in the text occasionally add more information about a quotation or an author. Very occasionally a quotation has an explanation. The format is quite readable, with a lot of white space on each page. The quotations, generally quite brief, are not aimed specifically at children. Many would require discussion for understanding, and most could be used as a basis for discussion. It is doubtful how many children would consult quotation books "to add style and energy to [their] own words. . . ," or for any of the other reasons given in the introduction. More perceptive older children--and adults--could enjoy browsing for ideas and turns of phrase. However, teachers and parents might need to help children make connections with the wit and wisdom in quotations. If the well-equipped children's collection requires a quotation book, this could well be it. The format, the biographical index/dictionary, and the diversity of authors all commend it. Adult ESL students and new readers might find this a good introduction to quotation books. These three reference sources are attractive, with inviting covers. Although none is a must purchase, all are worthy of consideration, and could add depth to existing elementary school and public library children's room collections. Each could also be considered for family or classroom purchase.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7‘This accessible thesaurus will foster an appreciation for and broaden knowledge of language, stimulate the development of writing skills, and assist in the expression of ideas in a lucid and precise fashion. An introduction that explains how to use this resource is followed by more than 500 alphabetically arranged entries. Each one contains a headword printed in green capital letters, names its part of speech, and presents a group of synonyms that "progress from the more common or familiar terms to the less common or more sophisticated vocabulary." Succinct definitions and example sentences are provided for all of the words in the entry, helping students to make appropriate choices for writing assignments. See references guide readers to additional synonyms. An index includes all of the headwords and synonyms in the work, and provides antonyms to many of the headwords. Liberally interspersed with colorful illustrations, the layout is clean and readable. This volume serves as an excellent gateway to thesaurus use; however, as its scope is limited, it is recommended only for circulation or as a supplementary purchase. Roget's Children's Thesaurus (HarperCollins, 1994) offers an uncluttered layout, a word list composed of over 1000 terms, and colorful pictorial matter.‘Hillary Jan Donitz-Goldstein, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.