A beginnerâ€™s dictionary written for children in grades Kâ€“2, ages 5â€“7.â€˘ Introduces young readers to almost 3,000 words using 1,000 entriesâ€”many new and revised for 2012â€”with hundreds of captivating illustrations by Ruth Heller. â€˘ Full sentences are used to discuss definitions, common phrases, and usage examples in age-appropriate language to show how words are used in context. â€˘ Many entries include alternate meanings, word histories, related words, and the way words sound. â€˘ Teaches basic dictionary skills: Alphabetization, spelling, parts of speech, letter sounds, use of synonyms and antonyms, homographs and homophones â€˘ Jokes, riddles, poems, and fun facts based on word play make learning fun. â€˘ References to popular stories, fairy tales, myths, and nursery rhymes spark imagination and encourage language exploration.