Webster's New World dictionary for young adults

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9780130167590: Webster's New World dictionary for young adults
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Designed for young people from ages 11 to 14, this dictionary features 50,000 entries, each of which is defined using updated, age-appropriate vocabulary. Now featuring a new cover look and a lively, user-friendly design, the dictionary is enhanced by more than 600 specially commissioned drawings and photos.

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The Editors of the Webster’s New World Dictionaries are a team of professional lexicographers with advanced degrees in various scholarly fields. The editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work with expert consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible.

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Grade 5-8-Based directly on Webster's New World Dictionary for Young Readers (Prentice-Hall, 1989) and designed specifically for middle and junior high school students, this dictionary is geared for classroom use and curricular support. Of the approximately 47,500 entries, 28,500 are actual main entry words, while the balance are words and phrases from within the body of individual entries. Included and defined within entry blocks are idiomatic phrases, alternate spellings, prefixes, suffixes, and combined forms of words. In general, coverage is current, with more than 2,700 entries new to this revision. Topics of curricular interest such as apartheid, Commonwealth of Independent States, European Community, and the greenhouse effect are included. Also, words such as byte, rap (as in music), and AIDS have been added. Syllabication, pronunciation, parts of speech, and definitions, written in age-appropriate language, are provided. Some entries also include information on usage (e.g., slang or old-fashioned), derivations, synonyms, and etymology. In addition, there are more than 200 extended "Word Histories" and over 600 "Synonym Studies." The overall design and format are attractive, typeface is clear, and spacing is good. Unfortunately, the 600+ black-and-white illustrations are not very informative, and there are only 6 maps. The Scott, Foresman Intermediate Dictionary (1993) has more detailed, full-color illustrations with informative captions, as well as many more maps. Despite the unimpressive art, this is still an accessible dictionary that will prove useful in libraries, in classrooms, and at home.
Lauren Mayer, New York Public Library
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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