These reference books from Collins are perfect for H’s age (11) and would I think suit a child in either the last couple of years of Key Stage 2 or in Key Stage 3. What I like about them is that they are pretty comprehensive, even as an adult I could happily use the thesaurus, but they are not as bulky or difficult to use as a full size adult version. H is often put off using my existing dictionary by the sheer size of it and the small, densely written text doesn’t help either. Both the dictionary and the thesaurus benefit from an easy to read typeface of a good size and there’s plenty of space on the page and the illustrations help make it more accessible too.
Both books have some lovely illustrations by Maria Herbert-Liew and many of the pictures are labelled, so for instance there is a car with the various parts marked like boot, hub caps, etc. In both cases they contain up to date coverage of a range of everyday and curriculum vocabulary, so they are geared perfectly to the needs of school children. The thesaurus is the first one H has ever owned, although he is used to using one at school, so that’s a useful addition to the home library. It’s long since overdue that I upgraded his dictionary as his previous one is very babyish now. These two would make a nice set to start a school year with.
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