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Hardcover The American Heritage Student Dictionary Book

ISBN: 0618256199

ISBN13: 9780618256198

The American Heritage Student Dictionary

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Designed for middle school and early high school students, this new edition leads the market in content, features, and design. Now in full color, it has been completely revised and updated to reflect our changing world, with more than 3,000 new words and senses in all areas of vocabulary. - More than 65,000 boldface entries, thoroughly updated on every page - Bright new full-color design, with 2,000 informative photographs and drawings - Expert usage...

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6 ratings

Great condition

My kids love that they can now look up their spelling words and find the meaning without electronics.


My daughter enjoys this dictionary and makes great use of it. Gone are the days of " How do you spell...". She simply rather look it up for herself. A great investment.

Our homeschool gives this an A+!

This dictionary is exactly what I was looking for! It is the perfect transition between a children's dictionary and an adult dictionary. It has many wonderful, student friendly features, including lots of color photos, sample sentences, and a pronunciation guide on every pair of facing pages. I'm sure this will prove to be an invaluable resource to our homeschool in the coming years.

Great addition to our homeschool library! Love it!

I bought the dictionary and thesaurus for our homeschool library. I love them both. They are easy to use and include pictures of selected entries. Some entries have a full page dedicated to them, like geologic time, and solar system. The book also includes biographical information. At the front of the book a lesson in dictionary use, as well as parts of speech and other helpful language arts tid bits can be found. My six year old can use this dictionary, and she will continue to use it for quite some time. It is NOT one of those kids' dictionaries full of pictures. It is quite helpful and user friendly!

Excellent resource for 4th graders and up!!

The American Heritage Student Dictionary was a great choice for my son and our family. My son has a lot more vocabulary and other work that requires him to be able to pronounce and know the meaning of words this year in 4th grade. This dictionary has been very easy to read and follow. The pictures in the margins make it fun to look up other stuff that is just for fun. I highly recommend this dictionary for any student that is reading with fluency and comprehension. For some students that may be 2nd grade or it might be 5th grade. I hope all parents will sit with there child and go through this book with them to strengthen their childs ability to use a dictionary.

I stayed up late last night reading my daughter's dictionary!

My six year old needed a dictionary to look up words for her Junior Great Books homework. At first, I was drawn to dictionaries written for 8-10 year olds. They had larger print and flashier, more colorful pictures. Unfortunately, they didn't do the job of providing definitions for the unfamiliar words we needed to define (this week we needed to find tun, puncheon, bewail, and beadle.) I was forced to look at dictionaries aimed at an older audience and found that many were just not visually appealing. I didn't want a bland reference book that would be opened as little as necessary. I wanted something worth flipping through on a rainy day. When I opened this one up, I was pleased to see a good number of color photographs. On one two page spread, for example, there are pictures of Thelonius Monk, a Monolith (on Easter Island), the Sydney Monorail, James Monroe, a montage (of photographs showing things in London), and Maria Montessori. The photos are clear and well chosen; I learned what a mummer and a samovar are by just flipping through and finding interesting photos of them. Even more importantly, it actually had definitions for the words my daughter was looking for, in type that wasn't too small for her to read! This dictionary uses the pronunciation you're familiar with from collegiate dictionaries, with a small key for the symbols printed on the bottom left hand margin of every two page spread. It's a nice "training wheel" in the transition to this formal way of writing pronunciations. There are also shaded boxes in some of the outside margins that give information about word building, usage, geography, and science. A few short biographies are also included in colored boxes in the margins. I found these to be interesting and informative for kids and adults alike (do you know what the words enthuse, donate, and diagnose have in common?) A two page spread with the periodic table is found after the entry for "element," rather than at the back or front of the book in a reference section; similar space is dedicated to other words like "taxonomy" and "solar system." Simple etymology for many words is included at the end of the entries. For example, for acupuncture it says "First written down in 1684 in English : Latin acus, needle + English puncture." The scope of this dictionary makes it useful as a family reference book throughout elementary and middle school. It has all of the words your kids will encounter in their reading, plus a few words that might be new to most adults.
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