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Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary: A Dictionary with a New Point of View Hardcover – Oct 2006


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Merriam-Webster's version of a visual dictionary comes from the same team responsible for the Firefly Visual Dictionary (2000) and looks almost identical to that earlier work. The big change here is that "real dictionary definitions" have been added, so that when we are shown a labeled picture of an arcade or a bobsled, we can read a definition as well. Some 6,000 pieces of artwork and 20,000 terms are grouped under 17 general categories. DK's Visual Dictionary groups 30,000 terms under 14 headings and uses primarily photographs (6,000 of them) plus 1,000 illustrations. The DK dictionary has a more sumptuous look, but some of the entries, such as those for the densely labeled "Competition Motorcycles" and "A Ship of the Line," can be confusing. If a library has to choose, it's the difference between stilettos and sensible shoes. DK is sexier, but Merriam-Webster, with its clear illustrations and added definitions, is probably a better educational tool. Susan Awe
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Since 1937. Merriam-Webster is America's foremost publisher of language-related reference works. The company publishes a diverse array of print and electronic products, including Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition – America's best-selling desk dictionary – and Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster can be considered the direct lexicographical heir of Noah Webster. In 1843, the company bought the rights to the 1841 edition of Webster's magnum opus, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Corrected and Enlarged. At the same time, they secured the rights to create revised editions of the work. Since that time, Merriam-Webster editors have carried forward Noah Webster's work, creating some of the most widely used and respected dictionaries and reference books in the world.

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Wonderful Visual Resource May 6 2007
By Peace-filled Merry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Our son found this dictionary and purchased it himself. As a deaf student, he has poured over the pages with delight. It is a wonderful reference for those with language problems, learning disabilities, and the curious in general. We were so impressed we donated 25 copies to our son's school for classroom use. The students and teachers have loved it!
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Visual dictionary- not so visual June 13 2007
By S. Dixit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good lay out and high quality paper. Pictures are fine. But more like a small encyclopedia than a dictionary. Major drawback is small font letters, not easy to read.Bit disappointed, could have been better.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good resource Dec 24 2009
By D. Liu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary is an excellent reference book for kids and people whose native language is not English.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
a resource for many different viewers Dec 17 2010
By ESL teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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I find that this book is a useful tool to use with my ESL students. They can learn the names of the tools they use at work, and words for the items in their daily lives in an easy to understand format. It is a marvelous teaching tool, and has saved me hours of Internet searching and printing to prepare lessons.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
an amazing book Nov. 28 2010
By noamshoosh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is an amazing way to teach children (an some adults :-)) the name and the right spelling of different items.
Beautiful illustrations and easy to understend writings.
I've bought this book for my nephew, but it's so beautiful i'll keep it to myself.


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