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My First French/English Visual Dictionary [Hardcover]

Jean-Claude Corbeil , Ariane Archambault
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Aug. 28 2006 My First Visual Dictionary

Learning a new language through realistic color illustrations.

This is a beginning bilingual dictionary with 1,300 color illustrations and 1,600 terms in each language.

Learning a new language, like learning to read, is easier when the reader can put an image to the term or word. These two new visual dictionaries are perfect for introducing French or English to young children.

Lifelike color illustrations describe and identify items, and each is shown with the word in both English and the second language. Beside the French word, the gender appears as well.

There are 1,600 beginning terms in each language, organized in 36 themes that children experience in daily life -- at home, at play, and at daycare or school. The themes include:

  • The body
  • The weather
  • The body in motion
  • Jobs
  • Clothing
  • School
  • The meal
  • Colors and shapes
  • Familiar animals
  • Numbers and letters
  • Dinosaurs
  • Sports
  • Plants

Outstanding for its realistic illustrations and clear labels, My First French/English Visual Dictionary is stimulating and fun to use. It is a perfect introduction for young children learning French or English as a second language.

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In addition to this work, authors Corbeil and Archambault have worked together on I^ The Firefly Visual Dictionary (Firefly Books, 2002) and I^ The Firefly Junior Visual Dictionary Using the same basic arrangement but in a larger and simpler format, the I^ My First versions attempt to capture another (younger) segment of the market

There are 36 themes--among them "Clothing," "Colors and Shapes," "Dinosaurs," "Space," and "Sports"--selected to appeal to primary-age children. Each theme has a double-page spread of small to medium-sized individual illustrations of items allied to the theme. The other 1,300 illustrations are large and in full color and are accompanied by the English word in boldface letters with the word in the other language underneath. The typeface is large and uncluttered and easy to see, although there are no pronunciation guides and no other explanatory text. Separate English and French indexes complete the book.

Public libraries with a large primary-grade audience and school libraries with bilingual programs will find this to be an attractive and useful additions. And at this price, one may want to consider purchasing additional copies to circulate. Dona Helmer
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An excellent beginner's dictionary.... The illustrations are clear and include things most young children would see every day. The vocabulary if up-to-date.... A beautiful hardcover book which will undoubtedly inspire elementary students to improve their vocabulary in their second language. (Ann Ketcheson Resource Links 2007-04-00)

Attractive and useful additions. And at this price, one may want to consider purchasing additional copies to circulate. (Dona Helmer Booklist 2007-03-01)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for beginners April 17 2009
I bought this book for my friend's daughter and found it great as she is only beginning french and she can see the picture as well as the names of objects.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great French/English dictionary for kids Jan. 19 2013
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It's really good for kids, with big pictures and simple words.
Not so nice for adults. If you need something more complete and elaborate, see the The Firefly French/English Visual Dictionary.
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