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Merriam-Webster's Primary Dictionary Hardcover – 1 Jun 2005

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam Webster,U.S. (1 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877791740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877791744
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 21.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,480,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offers nearly one thousand illustrated entries; introduces basic dictionary skills; references famous stories, fairy tales, and myths; and includes tips on spelling, word usage, and alphabetizations.

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Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my 5 year old who is always asking what words mean. I thought it would be a great way to teach her to always look up new words. Well, so far none of the words she has asked about have been included in this dictionary - words like appendix, solemn, disaster, etc., which to me should certainly be included. I will need to look for something a little more extensive, but which defines in a way she can understand.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly 1,000 entries with age-appropriate definitions 14 Jun. 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Merriam-Webster's Primary Dictionary is an illustrated dictionary for young readers ages 4-7. Filled with nearly 1,000 entries with age-appropriate definitions, uses in context, brief histories of the word's origin, and references to stories, fairy tales, nursery rhymes and more celebrating the words, Merriam-Webster's Primary Dictionary is an educational delight. Enhanced with the poetry of and artwork of children's literature "superstar" Ruth Heller, Merriam-Webster's Primary Dictionary is an ideal teaching tool for the precocious young reader.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific dictionary for 5 - 7 year olds! 21 Nov. 2006
By L. R. Travis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a teacher of kindergarten and first grade, I heartily recommend this dictionary for the primary age group. This dictionary is aimed at 5 - 7 year olds and is a wonderful resource. It has around 2000 entries, but does not pretend to cover the complete vocabulary of children this age. It is, however, rich in content and appealing in format and appearance. (The illustrations are by Ruth Heller, one of my favorite illustrators for children's books.) The entries include fascinating facts about the origins of words. This dictionary includes figurative meanings, idiomatic expressions and language oddities. It is an excellent resource for introducing the use of dictionaries.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for exploring words and language! 21 April 2013
By JJ - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my first grader. The print is nice and large, and there are beautiful illustrations by Ruth Heller (amazing artist!)on each page. The definitions are perfect for pre-K to 2nd grade students, and the vocabulary used is simple enough for young students to read independently.

I had seen these dictionaries in our school library, so I knew that some more advanced words might not be found in this dictionary. I bought it anyway, because this dictionary offers so much more. It includes jokes, synonyms/antonyms, facts, and idioms that engage kids. My daughter reads this dictionary for the jokes, etc, as often as she uses it to look up spellings/meanings of words.

So, in short, if you are just looking for a dictionary that has words for kids to look up for homework, etc, the M-W Elementary Dictionary (or the Scholastic Children's Dictionary, which we also have) might be better suited for that purpose. But if you are looking for a fun dictionary that will engage young children and allow them to explore words/language, I can't imagine that there's a better dictionary available than this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dictionary for children 28 May 2011
By Barb W - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This dictionary is perfect for a young child, especally a child with English as a second language. The pictures are colorful and life-like. The words and definations are easy to read.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful for us 25 April 2006
By Steph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have a 6yo and we have tried to use this dictionary whenever she asks the "What does ____ mean?". So far not one of the words she has asked about has been in there and I have owned it for over a year! I think it is great for just leizure reading and discovery of a 5-7yo but for a true elementary dictionary it does not have enough words or depth.
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