Seek & Find Picture Dictionary

Flowerpot. (Seek & Find). Sept. 2023. 112p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781486727766.
K-Gr 3–This book attempts to combine the practicality of a basic vocabulary dictionary with the fun of a Where’s Waldo-style search-and-find puzzle book. It opens with several colorful, chaotic spreads, along with brief explanations of how to use it. It is unclear who the intended audience is—the first page is addressed to the reader (presumably a child) with the text presented in paragraph form, while the second page talks about “phonemic awareness” and uses other literacy jargon likely aimed at adults. The dictionary section features 12 spreads interspersed with pages of vocabulary terms and their simplified definitions, with the goal of connecting the images to the words. The definitions themselves are oversimplified in some cases, and it’s unclear where the definitions originated since there is no author listed. Each definition includes a pronunciation guide and indicates the part of speech of each word.
VERDICT Though it might not be that useful as a dictionary, the book’s illustrations provide the opportunity for seek-and-find fun. A secondary purchase.

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