The American Heritage First Dictionary

ISBN 13: 9780395857618

The American Heritage First Dictionary

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9780395857618: The American Heritage First Dictionary

This 1997 edition has been expanded with a new phonics and spelling guide designed to help children ages 6 to 9 develop solid spelling and reading skills. Using sample words from the dictionary, the guide gives a detailed list of the common spellings of the most important vowel and consonant sounds. Spelling skills are further reinforced by sections on homo-nyms, compound words, and basic rules for spelling plurals and verb tenses. In addition, a five-step procedure enables children of all ages to learn how to study a word. Parents and children will find useful, clearly presented information to supplement classroom instruction.

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The Editors of the American Heritage 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 our publications are accurate and up-to-date.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–This clear, easy-to-use reference opens with a five-page introduction to dictionary use and contains more than 2000 common words and 850 color photographs and drawings. Entries feature full-sentence definitions and sample usage. Occasional sidebars offer opposites, rhyming, or related words. The guide words at the top, main entries, and picture captions are all highlighted in purple. The entire alphabet appears at the bottom of each spread, reinforcing the exact location of the leading letter. New letters are introduced on a fresh page in large, blue upper and lowercase print surrounded by multiple pictures of objects beginning with that letter. The large fonts, generous spacing, and bright illustrations make this book a good choice for new readers. Sections on phonics and spelling, parts of speech, homophones, compound words, and lists of common word groups, such as parts of the body and pairs of opposites, are appended. Users, especially second-language learners, will appreciate the dictionary's clarity and simplicity, but Merriam-Webster's Primary Dictionary (2005) offers a richer choice for browsers and includes jokes and riddles, snippets from classic children's literature, and word histories. Teachers might prefer the former for practicing independent dictionary skills, while the latter is a more appealing choice for home libraries.–Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
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