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


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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (Aug. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547215991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547215990
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 20.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 898 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #650,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Format: Hardcover
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
Format: Hardcover
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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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 26 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!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A helpful children's thesaurus Jan. 5 2011
By Maria - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great resource Dec 21 2008
By Busy Mom of 3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My girls love to read this just for the heck of it. Lots of pictures and easy to understand definitions.
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.

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