Formerly Merriam-Webster's Primary Dictionary, this reference for young readers introduces almost 3,000 words using 1,000 entries 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. Teaches basic dictionary skills: alphabetization, spelling, parts of speech, letter sounds, use of synonyms and antonyms, word histories, homographs and homophones. Packed with jokes, poems, and popular stories to foster and develop a child's language skills. Written for children in grades K-2, ages 5-7. Includes 448 pages. Measures 8.75" x 11.125" . Laminated hardcover binding.