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I noticed some similarities between what I was like as a child and my daughter when it comes to learning. Lily has just turned three and she has an incredible thirst for knowledge, she is constantly asking questions such as; "What do owls eat?", "What time is it?", "What is that?", "What does it do?", and "What that word say?". I decided to get her a few books for her Christmas including an encyclopedia, an animal encyclopedia and this book, 'My First Dictionary'. Some people might think she is a bit young having only just turned three, but I was the same when I was her age (so I've been told, I can't remember that far back). This turned out to be a great purchase, as it's something we look at everyday and it will also increase her vocabulary.
== Product ==
'My First Dictionary' is what the title says really, it's a hard backed book that contains a 1000 words and definitions, and each word and definition has an illustration alongside. Some of the pictures need a little demonstration, for example, the word "Clap", has a picture of a child with his hands clasped together, which could mean anything (Lily knew what "clap" means, I was just giving an example of some of the things you might expect to find in this book). At the beginning of the book there is a section with notes for parents and teachers, in this section it explains how to help your child use the dictionary. At the end of the book there is a section of dictionary games you can play with your child; putting words into alphabetical order, a spelling test, a quiz, a memory test, odd one out, a rhyming game, a definition game (a list of definitions and you have to find out what they are defining), sort animals into sets, find 4 baby animals out of the images on the page. All these things help to enhance your child's learning experience and also when it comes to looking for a certain word in a dictionary your child will have a better understanding of how to do it. I think the book is aimed at kids a little older than three, but I figured I would start my daughter out early and I have been teaching her a new word every couple of days, running from A to Z, and it is working so far (not so much the spellings but mainly what certain words mean).
== Price ==
I paid £9.99 for this from amazon.co.uk, I pre-ordered it and now I have seen it on there for £6.89 including delivery. The price isn't too bad for a nice starter dictionary that will probably last Lily for a few years before getting a more grown up one.
== Verdict ==
Lily loves looking through this and pointing to a picture and asking what it is. The book is aimed at slightly older children and we have only played a couple of the dictionary games at the back of the book, but I am sure through time we shall tackle the rest of them, as her knowledge grows. I would recommend getting this for your child and it would probably be useful to them until your child reaches age 8, as they get older you could probably do what I was told when asking my parents how to spell a certain word...."Go and look in your dictionary!" (in a way that kind of helped, although as an adult I can't understand how I managed to find out how to spell a word by looking it up when I didn't know what the word looked like in the first place).