Curious George’s Dictionary
by the Editors of the American Heritage (R) Dictionaries
For decades, Curious George has been delighting children with his insatiable curiosity. Now he turns his attention to the world of words in Curious George’s Dictionary (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, August 28, 2008), an engaging picture dictionary specially designed for children from preschool through first grade. Developed in collaboration with educational consultants, this book reflects current research in early childhood literacy. It is both entertaining and educationally sound.
The main part of the dictionary is an A–Z section containing six hundred age-appropriate words, six words to a page. Each word is illustrated with a vibrant full-color drawing. Curious George, the man with the yellow hat, and their friends provide an introduction to letters, words, and alphabetical order. Example sentences capture children’s attention and encourage reading, while the lively illustrations of these familiar characters charm and delight.
The words have been selected by the Editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries from the most frequently occurring words that all children should know in the preschool and primary years. There are words both known (girl, more, see, take) and new (admire, mountain, pouch, sentence).
In a four-page story at the front of the dictionary, George receives Curious George’s Dictionary as a birthday present. Reading this story with children will help them learn dictionary skills. Other features at the end of the book show George exploring groups of words related by simple categories such as colors, shapes, numbers, and opposites.
Curious George’s Dictionary brings words alive. It makes learning easy and fun and will have children reaching for its fun-filled pages again and again.
Curious George’s Dictionary by the Editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries
Pub. Date: August 28, 2008; Price: $12.95 paper-over-board; Pages: 128; ISBN-13: 978-0-618-98649-1
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