Merriam-Webster's First Dictionary
A beginner’s dictionary written for children in grades K–2, ages 5–7. • Introduces young readers to almost 3,000 words using 1,000 entries―many new and revised for 2012―with hundreds of captivating illustrations by Ruth Heller. • Full sentences are used to discuss definitions, common phrases, and usage examples in age-appropriate language to show how words are used in context. • Many entries include alternate meanings, word histories, related words, and the way words sound. • Teaches basic dictionary skills: Alphabetization, spelling, parts of speech, letter sounds, use of synonyms and antonyms, homographs and homophones • Jokes, riddles, poems, and fun facts based on word play make learning fun. • References to popular stories, fairy tales, myths, and nursery rhymes spark imagination and encourage language exploration.