Top positive review
Brilliant book for English teachers & learners as well as artists & many more. (better than the new version in my view)
on 31 January 2016
This truly is a fantastic book for teachers & students of English as well as for artists who need reference images. I have been teaching for many years now and rate this as the number one book for English teaching, the supplementary workbook and reader book are of the highest quality and very logically put together and the materials can be adapted to almost any level of learner. My Chinese students have found this book very useful both in class and as a reference.
What really shines is the artwork, full of life, vivid illustrations that are both clear and full of character. It's a great shame that the newer version of the OPD is full of computer generated imagery that lacks the warmth and character of this book and is obsessively ethnocentric with almost complete focus on the US instead of embracing a wider more balanced international focus. This book achieves a much better balance in which the US lifestyle features mainly, but many of the images could be of various places in the world. The newer version is a great disappointment compared to this one, would have been so much better to just keep the pictures from this book and change a few images as needed or add some new ones rather than completely ditch one of the greatest works in English language learning & teaching ever produced. I truly hope that Oxford will start to republish this book (hope springs eternal), or at least offer it on Kindle. Sincerely hope that the next version of the OPD can perhaps incorporate pictures from this book or aim for the same level of quality in the artwork. The only qualm I have with this book is that as a tool to learn Chinese it is not good by itself, because the characters include no pinyin and are too small and too faint to read properly. The newer version of the OPD does at least have slightly clearer characters, but clearly has less character overall (excuse the pun).