First Picture Dictionary
Conceived/Written by: Geneviève de la Bretesche
Pages: 112
Publisher/Date: Scholastic Reference/2005
ISBN: 0439719933
Age Levels: Infant to 8

Book Review

Recently the teachers here at the Oasis were asked to recommend a picture dictionary for use in reading classes. We examined five possibilities, taking each into classrooms to see how they fared. By a wide margin, the favorite of both teachers and students was Scholastic’s First Picture Dictionary.

The book contains over 800 words, all of which are illustrated in a colorful, simple manner. The words are categorized as follows: our bodies, the house, to school, in the city, shopping, and nature. Each section begins with a two-page spread which contains an activity as well as a see-through page which can be flipped from side to side and changes the look of the page which it overlays. (This feature was especially popular with students.) Additionally, each division has a side border which allows viewers to see at a glance which section they are in.

The teacher reviewers especially liked the spiral binding which allows the book to lay flat. More importantly, however, they thought words chosen for illustration were "just right" for beginning readers. An easy-to-use index is appended.

Highly recommended.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
©2005 Education Oasis