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The American Heritage Children's Thesaurus Hardcover – Aug 1 2009


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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Juv) (Aug. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547215991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547215990
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 898 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #823,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Is this a conventional thesaurus? Regular and standard? Or would you say it was more extraordinary--exceptional and outstanding? Paul Hellweg's The American Heritage Children's Thesaurus is both, actually. It provides everything you'd expect from a children's thesaurus--4,000 words with over 36,000 synonyms--but it is unusually clear and colorfully presented. Each deep purple entry includes its part of speech in italics, and lists the suggested synonyms in bold, best matches first. Each word is used in a sentence to clarify its meaning. Color photographs are sprinkled throughout for visual relief, and "Antonyms" and "Word Groups" boxes help expand vocabulary choices. Word groups are reserved for words like "international," which doesn't have a real synonym but a cluster of closely related words such as "communal, global, national, planetary, universal," and "worldwide." If your favorite students tend to overuse words like "nice," "funny," and "weird" (and who doesn't, really?), this handy reference will have them turning a phrase with finesse. (Ages 8 to 12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 3-7?In this thesaurus, the entries appear in dark purple type and are followed by the part of speech in smaller italic black type. A solid diamond then indicates in bold type the best choices of synonyms. Next, an open diamond gives other synonyms that don't fit the example sentence as well as the first group or are related words. Lastly, a sentence is given as a usage example. If a word can be more than one part of speech, each part is treated separately. For words that do not have actual synonyms, a boxed entry gives a group of closely related words. Boxed entries are also used for antonyms of 110 selected words. These boxes, along with approximately two-inch by three-inch full-color photographs, break up the text and give the book a user-friendly look. Homographs are listed as separate entries. There are no cross references or pronunciation guides. A four-page explanation of how to use the thesaurus is given at the beginning and an index of the antonyms and word groups appears at the end. The pages are attractive with an orange stripe across the top, green guide words, and a mix of type size and style. With 4000 entries and over 36,000 synonyms in an easy-to-read format, this resource should serve well the needs of its intended audience.?Priscilla Bennett, Research, Media and Technology, State University of West Georgia
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doc on Jan. 6 2002
Format: Hardcover
The American Heritage Thesaurus is a must reference book for any home with children. Each researched word, printed in blue large bold print, is accompanied with the a description, printed in black, of the part(s) of speech the word can be used, several best choice synonyms, and a few lesser utilized synonyms. In addition, an example sentence incorporating the researched word is provided. Occassionally a list of antonyms is provided for the researched word. Researched words are easily located as a result of a large space between each word. Each two page spread usually contains one or two color photographs adding some visual appeal. In summary, this thesaurus is highly recommended and is an invaluable resource for any child of reading age.
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By A Customer on May 11 2000
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I baught the childrens thesaurus for my 9 year old daughter, itis used more than our other thesaurus by me and my teenagedchildren. It is very fast and easy to use.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reginald H. Henderson on April 21 2002
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3 stars is a compromise between 5 for the book, and 1 for the fact that my 9 year old has never used it. Kids will use dictionaries, but they won't use a thesaurus.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
A Perfect Children's Thesaurus Jan. 6 2002
By Doc - Published on Amazon.com
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The American Heritage Thesaurus is a must reference book for any home with children. Each researched word, printed in blue large bold print, is accompanied with the a description, printed in black, of the part(s) of speech the word can be used, several best choice synonyms, and a few lesser utilized synonyms. In addition, an example sentence incorporating the researched word is provided. Occassionally a list of antonyms is provided for the researched word. Researched words are easily located as a result of a large space between each word. Each two page spread usually contains one or two color photographs adding some visual appeal. In summary, this thesaurus is highly recommended and is an invaluable resource for any child of reading age.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
So Good My Teacher's Getting a Classroom Set for Christmas! Nov. 17 2007
By Gearhead Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was looking for a good thesaurus for my 3rd grader, one that he could grow with. Good writing is all about good words and new ways of saying things. Everyone should have a thesaurus! I love this one. After receiving it, I liked it so much I wanted to buy a class set for my school. First I wanted to make sure everyone liked it as much as I did. My Mom, an elementary school librarian, praised its clear format. My son's teacher loves the pictures, the antonyms and that words are used in an example. The school Prinicipal said American Heritage is always his favorite too. After all that, I am ordering a classroom set for my son's 3rd grade teacher. I am hoping that eventually there will be one for each student 3rd grade and up!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A helpful children's thesaurus Jan. 5 2011
By Maria - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good beginner's thesaurus and it works for my 8-year old daughter. She seems to know all the vocabulary words in it already, so I would say 8 is the max age for this. My issue with the thesaurus is that it doesn not list the alphabet on every page spread on the right hand side in the margin. We have the American Heritage Children's Dictionary which is very good and DOES have the alphabet on every page spread. That's why I am puzzled that the thesaurus doesn't have it. This is immeasurably helpful for early dictionary/thesaurus users. Having that visual available would reinforce in young children learning the order of the alphabet and encourage them to use a thesaurus or dictionary. Not having that makes it harder.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Clear concise for the younger elementary set Feb. 24 2009
By Dianne C. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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We purchased the American Heritage Dictionary for a class of second-graders, and this thesaurus is a great supplement. It offers a clear explanation at the beginning of the book of its use. Each entry word is followed by the italicized part of speech under which it is classified, followed by a sentence using the word. You are then offered usually a small list of synonyms. There are boxes on the pages, pretty much at random, which give word groups relating to some subject area (a hotel, for instance). Everything is geared towards elementary comprehension, without being dumbed down.

If I were offering a thesaurus to a middle school child, I might tend to reach for either a more advanced version by American Heritage, or the excellent American Education Publishing's Children's Thesaurus.

But the most important thing is to give the child the opportunity to find the right word and to learn that the verbal toolbox can be as precise as one which tunes a rocket engine.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Perfect! Oct. 9 2008
By Timberwolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After receiving the Thesaurus, we looked up several words, as a "test". Every word we looked up is in there! I actually ordered 3, one for each of my boys, who are 7, 9 and 11. GREAT BUY!

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