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The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary [Hardcover]

P.D. Eastman
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Aug. 12 1964 Beginner Books(R)
A silly book with a serious purpose—to help children recognize, remember, and really enjoy using a basic vocabulary of 1350 words. Written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman—with help from the Cat (Dr. Seuss)—this decades-old dictionary pairs words with pictures that carry their meaning, making it simple enough even for nonreaders to understand. A wacky cast of characters reappears throughout the book, making this perhaps the only dictionary in the world that is actually fun to read!

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A decades-old dictionary that you can still use today (and know that children will love it) is an amazing testament to the genius of the Seuss stable. The roughly 12-per-page colored drawings are dated, of course--the humans far more than the animals, funnily enough--but they've aged in a way that adds to their charm rather than detracting from it. (Phonograph may take some explaining; ditto typewriter, which we recently heard described as "like a computer, only with paper instead of a screen.") The 1,350 words are well balanced between the obvious stuff--common nouns and verbs--and more abstract language, from about to yet. Each word is accompanied by a drawing and an illustrative sentence. Along the way, naturally, we meet a wacky menagerie of humans and animals: "Aaron the alligator making more machines," "Aunt Ada standing on her head," etc. (Ages 4 to 8) --Richard Farr

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A Chunky Book® with an added surprise--a punch-out piece to play w

Everyone loves Dr. Seuss! A true original, he wrote and illustrated over 50

classic children's books with total sales of more than 100 million copies. For

children of all ages.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic-childhood favorite Nov. 7 2000
I had this book when I was a child, and I absolutely LOVED it! (I'm 34, now). I referred to it over and over throughout primary school. I really enjoyed the pictures, and I think it helped me with my vocabulary in school. (My reading level was always at least 4-5 grade levels above the grade I was currently in). I am purchasing this book for my baby, so he will have it to use when he needs it. (I wore the other one out long ago).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best for young English learners March 3 2014
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People learn their native languages not with grammatical details and dictionary definitions but with images. This book invite young English learners to fun language learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it then love it now Dec 14 2013
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One of my favorites as a child and now one of my daughter's favorites too.
I recommend this for any 3 yr old.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary May 30 2000
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This book has beautiful Dr. Seuss pictures to clearly illustrate simple words for beginning readers. The only thing I don't like about the book is that it doesn't have written definitions as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners ! May 23 2000
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A successful combination of words and pictures. The relevant words are highlighted.
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