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Scholastic children's dictionary.
Scholastic Reference (Firm)
Updated edition, new and updated.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Reference, [2002]

Physical Description:
viii, 648 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm
A dictionary that includes pronunciations, definitions, parts of speech, sample sentences, etymologies, synonyms, cross-references, and illustrations.
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Corporate Author:
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PE1628.5 .S3 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Reference material
PE1628.5 .S3 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PE1628.5 .S3 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Juvenile Reference
PE1628.5 .S3 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PE1628.5 .S3 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Nearly 200 new and updated entries and the addition of more than a dozen new photographs make the updated Scholastic Children's Dictionary the best choice in children's dictionaries.

The updated Scholastic Children's Dictionary features nearly 200 new entries that will keep this evergreen title current and competitive. The new words have been carefully chosen. They are words that kids are likely to encounter, and we are confident that they are words that will remain in use for years to come. New entries include air bag, browser, cell phone, DVD, Internet, server, SUV, and Web site.
The updated Scholastic Children's Dictionary still boasts the elements that made the original edition so beloved by children, parents, and teachers. Pronunciations are spelled the way they sound--not with confusing symbols and schwas. Sample sentences and cross-references help to make words even easier to understand, and full-color illustrations provide additional information.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This updated dictionary contains more than 30,000 entries and more than 1,000 detailed photographs and drawings, an average amount compared with other titles aimed at this audience. The prefatory material includes an overview and a pronunciation guide. Each word entry includes pronunciation (using simple respelling rather than the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet), parts of speech, syllable breaks, and one or more numbered definitions. Some entries have sample sentences written in simple language for the intended audience. A few, such as the one for ain't, have the usage note slang. Cross-references to related entries or to pictures are included where appropriate. The pronunciation table is not repeated on every spread in the dictionary, but this is not necessary since no symbols are used. There are no geographic or biographical entries. Many variations of definitions of entry words are provided (e.g., run has 19 definitions). Current words, such as MP3, social networking, and Twitter, are defined. Throughout the dictionary, word-history, prefix, suffix, synonym, and language-note boxes appear with tinted screens. Sidebars contain extra information and illustrations for terms such as sharks and space shuttle. The reference section provides a thesaurus; guides to grammar, punctuation, idioms, and abbreviations; maps; flags; facts about the 50 states and Canada; a list of U.S. presidents; and more. This section lacks some reference charts, such as weights and measures and time zones, that are usually found in dictionaries for comparable ages. The physical format of the pages is appealing to the elementary user, and the type size is readable. The Scholastic Children's Dictionary is a good choice for elementary-school and public libraries.--Quinn, Mary Ellen Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

For Your Reference Newly updated and attractively organized with easy-to-read pronunciation guides, sample sentences and plenty of pictures, the paper-over-board Scholastic Children's Dictionary remains a kid-friendly resource. Back matter contains a U.S. and world map, the Braille and American Sign Language alphabets, flags and basic facts about the world's countries and information about the American presidents. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-The most noticeable changes in the new edition of this perennial favorite are stylistic; the design is more restrained and less cutesy than that of the 2007 edition, with smaller print. The volume appears to be targeted at children who are more visually savvy than previous generations. Frames on each page; tabs running along the edges of the pages showing which letter is being featured; and eye-popping, full-color photos mimic the cleanest of webpage designs. There are content updates, too: the endpapers now feature full-color world maps, and 1000 new photos and illustrations supplement the definitions. Boxes feature more word histories and sample sentences than in previous editions, and a directory of U.S. presidents, complete with pictures and facts, joins the thesaurus, grammar, punctuation, idiom, acronym, and flag information in the supplementary material.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.